Brickset news archive: October 2013
LEGO recently rejected the second Zelda themed project, but they had this comment about future Zelda projects:
Each project that enters the LEGO Review is thoroughly considered for release as a set on its own merits. If another Legend of Zelda set qualifies for review, we will happily consider producing a LEGO set based on that project.
The contributing reasons to a decision on one project do not affect future decisions for any other projects, either positively or negatively. This means that each project related to the Legend of Zelda would be considered independently on its own merits.
Update: Legend of Zelda: Iron Knuckle Encounter has achieved 10k
There's another event coming up down under: "Brick Events and members from QLUG (Queensland LEGO User Group) based in South East Queensland Australia are holding the Gold Coast Brick Event over the weekend of 9th & 10th November at Circle on Cavill Shopping Centre located on Level 2 (entry next to Strike Bowling), 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise on the fabulous Gold Coast. It'll be open are from 0900 to 1700 Saturday and 0900 to 1600 Sunday.
"There'll be over 20 exhibits and stalls featuring a huge MOC Space Port, War Hammer MOCs, driveable Technic vehicles, Harry Potter, Lord of Rings, Star Wars, trains, Duplo City, play tables and much much more. Tickets are available at the door, $8 adults, $4 children." More information is available on the poster.
Project Swapfig is a LEGO minifigure trading website that's seeking funding for a redesign to make it more appealing and to attract more users.
Here's what the man behind it, Drew, aka SilentMode, has to say about it:
"If you like LEGO (particularly LEGO minifigures), you can swap/trade/exchange your unwanted figures for the ones you want.
"How many times have you wanted a particular minifigure, but didn't want to buy a whole set - or spend hours feeling through packets and risk getting the wrong one? Wouldn't it be easier and less hassle if you could find someone to trade with instead?
"Project Swapfig was created to bring people interested in minifigure trading together, as well as simplify the online trading process, and to introduce old and new fans of LEGO to the concept of trading. The site launched on 1 May 2013, and to date there are almost 500 members, and over 200 completed local and global trades. Check out the site right now at swapfig.com."
Drew is seeking funding through Zequs and has already achieved 50% of the target with 17 days to go. This is a very worthwhile initiative which deserves your support. There are some cool incentives on offer, so head on over to Zequs and pledge your support. Drew, and the LEGO community at large, will be eternally grateful. If you have any questions about it, I'm sure Drew will be happy to answer them in the forum.
Registration for the 2014 LEGO Inside Tours takes place on Monday 4th November at 1pm CET. There will be four tours next year, two each in May and June.
If you want to go, you'll need to be quick off the mark because places are likely to be filled within 20 minutes. I suggest that if you're serious about going you use something like this time zone converter to put a reminder in your calendar.
You can read full details of how to apply at LEGO.com. It looks as if they will be using a web form rather than a paper one this time which should streamline things somewhat.
You may recall that I went this year and, as you can read in my review, I had a fantastic time. It's expensive but it's almost a 'money can't buy' experience that every LEGO fan should try and do at least once. Even my NLSO had a great time...
Good luck if you apply!
(Thanks to DarthWalle for the tip-off).
Southern Bricks LUG, based in Adelaide, South Australia, is holding its first LEGO Exhibition this weekend, November 2nd & 3rd at Toy Corner, 1007 North East Road, Ridgehaven from 0900 to 1700 Saturday and 1100 to 1700 Sunday.
We will be exhibiting both MOC’s and LEGO sets spanning the entire history of LEGO, including rare wooden LEGO from the 1950’s.
Entry to the event is free of charge.
Better late than never: This movie is now available in UK shops and the good news is that the Blu-Ray version comes with the exclusive Clark Kent minifigure. It's believed that it's a Tesco exclusive, and certainly I can't see it at Amazon and Play, or for that matter Tesco Direct, so you might need to traipse down to your local store to get hold of it.
As far as the movie goes, I fell asleep half way through: it's not a patch on the Star Wars ones, although kids will probably enjoy it.
Thanks to WilliamBuckner1998 and others for the news.
Two days after Grahame commented at Brickset that the latest City set instructions to be uploaded to LEGO.com contain images of 2014 sets, many other LEGO blogs have picked up on the news so I guess it's worth reporting as a separate news article here, even though the images are very pixilated.
One of the two images shows the Police sets and the second, more interesting one, shown here, contains the other City sets:
60053 Race car, bottom right corner
60054 Light repair truck, orange, centre
60055 Monster truck, in the air
60056 Tow truck, beneath it
60057 Camper Van with Canoe, bottom left
60058 Jeep with boat, bottom
60059 Logging truck, top left
60060 Auto transporter, centre right
60061 Airport fire truck, top right
Some of them look great, don't they, particularly the tow- and logging trucks.
Pictures of Legends of Chima Speedorz set 70137 Bat Strike surfaced at KMart.com yesterday. They provide a good view of the new bat head and wings. They also suggest that the horrible packaging that can't be opened without destroying it has been replaced with something more conventional.
It seems, then, that next year we'll be seeing bats, scorpions and spiders. I wonder which side they are on?
Talking of new sets, there are images of an Architecture Eiffel Tower floating around on several sites including Brick Fanatics, which is said to be out in January.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
The nice folks over at No Starch Press have sent me a copy of Megan Rothrock's latest book to review ahead of its publication next month.
The LEGO Adventure Book 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons and More! to give it its full title, is the follow-up to the first in the series, published this time last year, which was well received and by all accounts, a great success. If you haven't already done so, read our review to see what we thought of it.
The easiest way to describe this volume is 'more of the same' and that's not a bad thing, because, as I've said before, they "are unlike other LEGO books and much better for it".
It features the work of Megan and ten other builders, most of whom were not featured in volume 1. We published the list of builders last month. But it's so much more than a collection of photos and building instructions and that's what makes it different, and fun.
This is the first of what might become a regular feature looking at lesser known LEGO blogs with the aim of increasing their exposure and traffic.
Brickset member and LotR fan apfly has been running his blog BrickEnd for a couple of years with help from fellow fan Mark. Over that time they've been reporting LEGO news and offering their views on it, and highlighting interesting MOCs.
It looks to be well maintained and worth a visit or, better still, worth adding the feed to your newsreader so you can keep up-to-date with the latest posts more easily.
If you'd like your blog featured in a news article, get in touch. I won't promise to post them all, and will at most post one a week.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
This year's seasonal holiday polybags have just made an appearance in the stores, so despite there being about 8-weeks until Christmas, I thought I'd do a quick review of them now.
The guys at web store Brick A Brac, who specialise in end-of-line and rare/exclusive sets, received them early and sent them to me, but being away for a couple of weeks recently, I've only just got to them. Today I'll review 40059 Santa's Sleigh and tomorrow, I'll look at 40058 Decorating the Tree.
This 77-piece set consists of Santa in his sleigh being pulled by a reindeer and some random guy with a walkie-talkie.
This vehicle called 'Container Truck' by LEGO, but which looks more like a skip lorry to me, is featured in a PDF of a Power Functions brochure uploaded to the LEGO server today.
I've a soft spot for Technic 'utility vehicles' so this looks to be right up my street. Launch is believed to be January, so probably just before Christmas in the USA.
Thanks Brickbuilder for the news.
The results of THREE Cuusoo review panels have just been announced: to cut to the chase, Pete Reid's Exo-Suit will be the next Cuusoo model (after the Mars Rover), and will be available mid-2014. The Landrover is still being evaluated. Portals 2, Purdue Pete, Zelda, the Tumbler, Andy the Android, Space Troopers, mini shops and others have all been rejected.
Congratulations Pete: to fight off all that competition is fantastic -- and with a non-licensed model too! I hope the 'professional designers' do it justice!
Here's Tim Courtney explaining the process and revealing the results:
And here's what's been rejected:
Thanks to Mark A for alerting me!
Brickset member Proteasome has sent us a report from this year's LEGO World in Holland show which ends today.
"In Holland during the autumn holiday, the ‘biggest LEGO event in the world’ takes place. As I decided to restart my old LEGO hobby about a year ago thanks to LOTR, I had to go there, and being a big Brickset fan, I thought it would be nice to review it, so you can decide for yourself if it would be worth the trip! The event took place from Thursday 17 to Wednesday 23 October (so maybe you can visit the last day). I went on Thursday, and got there in time to see the opening by the mayor of Utrecht (not very special).
"Upon entering I was immediately happy, as they had a small LEGO museum, showing almost all of the castle sets ever produced, a very impressive sight. Being a classic space fan myself, I dropped by at the next row, showcasing all the classic space themed sets and the original Blacktron sets.
With Halloween just around the corner, now's a good time to review this year's Halloween set, 40055, Pumpkin.
LEGO has made various pumpkins over the years, ever since orange bricks and plates started to become available in 2000. This one, however, is not their best effort and doesn't really have much going for it at all.
For a start, it's square: there's been no attempt to round the corners other than on the top. I know it's difficult at this scale but I'm sure some SNOT techniques, maybe something similar to a Lowell Sphere could have been used.
Secondly, the parts are all different shades of orange and it really shows: the plates are one shade, the bricks another. The 2x2 slopes come in both shades as you can see from this photo.
So, it's not a good model, or a good parts pack, so is one strictly for the polybag completist to leave in their collection unopened.
You may recall that in August we reviewed The LEGO Build-it Book: Amazing Vehicles by Nathanael Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni. It provides instructions to build ten vehicles using just the parts in 5867 Super Speedster and we thought it was great.
Now, No Starch Press has published a second book entitled, unsurprisingly, The LEGO Build-it Book: More Amazing Vehicles. Incredibly, this book also contains instructions for ten vehicles using the same parts as the first book!
It's pretty much identical to the first book in that it consists of very high quality renders of the finished models and their instructions, which are on a par with those produced by LEGO.
The latest brand store brochure confirms that 5001709 Clone Trooper Lieutenant will be available in the UK, and probably the rest of Europe, at the start of November, when you spend £50 on Star Wars sets.
Thanks James Lego for the news.
Here's the latest offer from our friends over at Chowren Toys:
"Our October promotion for Brickset readers is The Lone Ranger polybag 30261 Tonto's Campfire NEW - All the readers need do, is enter promo code: TONTO30261 at the check-out to get the US$5.00 promo price. There are a total of 800 sets available and are limited to 24 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will only last until 11:59 pm (US West Coast time) on Sun. Oct. 27, 2013. Just like previous promotions, Brickset readers will need to have registered an account in our store in order to use this code.
"We posted on the forum last month to see what we can do to improve our service when it comes to these deals and the biggest complaint was the shipping. So we've gone ahead and created a shipping chart. Please note this is just approximate shipping charge, but it shouldn't be too far off from the actual charge. As with previous promos, any over-charges on shipping will be refunded."
I've been away for a couple of weeks which explains why the news here has been slower than normal, but thanks to Kempo81 and Matthew you've been kept up-to-date with the most important stories.
I'll be catching up on emails over the next few days and I've just added new set images to the database (Hobbit, Friends and Ninjago). If I've missed any, let me know. I'll also be adding the 2014 set names and numbers that have surfaced recently in due course.
Back in August you will remember that some of the 2014 LEGO The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug sets name's and probable price points were unearthed. There was discussion on these sets in our very own Forum (here) as well as on other LEGO news, and resource websites.
Well now these aforementioned sets have been seen complete with images on eBay Germany. Although the auction has ended the images are now out in the wild and can be seen on the Brickset Flickr stream. The story has already broken over at thebrickfan.com
The 3 sets there are now images for are as follows:
Dol Guldur Ambush (79011)
Mirkwood Elf Army (79012)
Dol Guldur Battle (79014)
Those of you who were fortunate enough to make it to the Great Western LEGO Show at STEAM will no doubt remember the impressive display from the Dubreq Ltd team - MECHABRICK!
Their Kickstarter project has now gone live as of the 14th October and runs for 30 days, during which time they hope to reach their backing target of £13,000.
In a nutshell, the project aims to launch a kit (or kits if they reach their stretch-goals) to convert your Minifigs into 1/144 scale Mecha, and then use them in a board-game fighting in a futuristic city (which I understand the user makes them self from LEGO).
They are not only launching the robot conversion kits and the boxed game, but also aim to launch an expanding range of add-on upgrades and weapons for the robots that alter their spec in the game and help gain you the upper-hand in your battles (plus look cool!).
So... if you want to know a bit more about Mechabrick - Gangs of Neon City, how the robots are assembled, and how the game is played, why not head on over to their Kickstarter page and take a look! You can also see a lot more images over on their Flickr page too.
Apologies if this is old news for some of you.
Two LEGO Simpsons figures sold on ebay last night for $56 USD. While the torsos and legs look to be random spare parts, the heads look as though they could be authentic LEGO pieces, perhaps from either the rumored Simpsons sets or collectable minifigure series, to be released next year.
What do you think? Looking at the seller's other listings and location, it seems they may have a link to the LEGO Factory in Mexico...
Dutch site 2ttoys.nl has published set details and euro prices for the LEGO Movie sets, due for release next year. There are no new images unfortunately, the only LEGO Movie set we have an image for is 70808 (pictured).
The sets are:
I am a firm believer that every project should get a shot at getting to 10k but there are now 5000 of them on Cuusoo. Every quarter, less than 10 projects have reached 10,000, but in the last three months over 750 projects have been published. It's easy to see that the problems people already have with Cuusoo will only get worse with time if this trend is not addressed.
What follows is my proposal for a method that could be implemented to identify and remove 80% of the low performing projects while still giving every project a chance: Target Deadlines.
From today until the end of October (or until stocks last), this cute little set is free with qualifying purchases at shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Brand Stores.
LEGO has kindly sent me one to review so you can see how cool it is and thus go and place an order right away, which you can do by clicking on the banner at the top of the home page :-)
Kmart has published pictures of three 2014 Friends sets: 41027 Mia's Lemonade Stand, 41028 Emma's Lifeguard Post and 41029 Stephanie's New Born Lamb.
You can view the photos on the Brickset Flickr Stream.
What do you think? Personally I'm excited for the 1x1 tile cookies!
See what's new on our new instructions page.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
Valid Sunday October 6 through Saturday October 12, Toys R Us has several promotions running. Firstly, there is a Buy One, Get One 40% Off deal on ALL LEGO sets. And by ALL, Toys R Us is excluding Chima, Technic, Mindstorms and likely anything they consider a "Hot Deal" or "Hard to Find." Though it is certainly more difficult these days to find a good deal at TRU, it is not impossible. Do your best to find sets with as little mark-up as possible, and then pair them with similarly priced sets to maximize your savings.
Additionally this week, you will receive a Toys R Us exclusive minifigure set with ANY LEGO construction or LEGO board game purchase of $60 or more. Lastly, Toys R Us continues to offer 10% Back on Toy Purchases made through October for Rewards "R" Us members. The "rebate" is capped at $100 and will be emailed to you as a promotional gift card in mid-November. "Rewards" dollars will apparently continue to accrue as well.
Don't forget that Toys R Us (like Target) is also now price matching most online prices in store, including their own. I will probably try it myself this month with Jabba's Palace (9516) and/or Constitution Train Chase (79111) via Amazon. I imagine the rebates and Rewards dollars will still accumulate and also hope to receive that week's giveaway.
Today at BrickCon, 10243 Parisian Restaurant was unveiled. As it's the middle of the night here in the UK, I haven't been able to add the pictures to the database, so apart from this one which you can click on to enlarge, you'll need to look elsewhere for your image fix until I have time tomorrow to get them uploaded, so sorry about that.
Update: The alternate images are now in place on the set details page.
Anyway, the set will be available in January and here's the press release:
10243 Parisian Restaurant 2,469 pieces, US $159.99, CA $189.99, DE 149.99 €, UK £132.99, DK 1299.00 DKK
Have an unforgettable evening at the amazing Parisian Restaurant!
It’s very busy in the Parisian Restaurant. As a scooter zips by, inside the waiter rushes between the tables as the nervous young man gets ready to propose with the ring! It’s just as hectic behind the scenes, with the chef busily preparing the food. This beautifully detailed building is the setting for so many stories and is a great addition to the modular building series. The Parisian Restaurant has a fully-stocked, blue and white tiled kitchen with tableware as well as a cozy apartment with pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace. On the top floor is the artist’s room with a studio that includes a cast iron heater, easel, paintbrush and two works of art by the aspiring artist. Outside, stairs lead down to the roof terrace lined with hanging lanterns and flowers where the diners eat alfresco-style. This amazing Parisian Restaurant model even includes a facade with croissants, clams and feather details that recapture the feel of Paris. Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.
- Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.
- Also includes a rat, seagull and 2 clams.
- Kitchen features blue and white tiled floor, lots of kitchen units and a variety of utensils.
- Second-floor apartment features a pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace.
- Top floor features an opening roof revealing an artist’s studio with heater, easel, paintbrush, palette and artwork.
- Includes lots of food items for the customers including croissants, a pie, 2 cupcakes, 2 grapes, 2 hotdogs, turkey, cheese wedges, milk carton and coloured bottles.
- Also includes hard-to-find white croissants and bricks in olive green, dark blue and dark red.
- Intricate exterior details include facade with croissant detailing, bus stop, sidewalk, scooter and even a dumpster and trash can at the rear.
- Put up the printed restaurant sign and menu to entice the customers in.
- Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall and 10232 Palace Cinema!
- Measures over 11” (30cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.
You can view the YouTube designer video here.
What do you think? It looks pretty stunning to me; the modular buildings just keep getting better and better.
Paul is now auctioning off one of his "Daywalker" builds with all proceeds going to a small child undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
For those interested in the auction, you can find it here.
For those in the Pennsylvania area, there will be a LEGO event called LEGO-Ram-a Monday October 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Richland Elementary Gymnasium in Johnstown, Pennsylvania also in support of the child.
After the break is a video of the "Daywalker" if you would like a better look.
GWLS is nearly upon us and many of the exhibitors are there now setting up their displays.
I'm not exhibiting this year but I'll be there helping out tomorrow, in my Brickset.com T Shirt. If you see me, stop and say hi!
Brickgames is Canada's largest charity LEGO Building Event which this year is being held in Langley, BC, on the 26th of October. The event is raising money for the LEGO Foundation and Love Global Foundation.
There are two ways to participate:
READY, SET, BUILD! The Brick Games will provide competitors with LEGO bricks and then announce a theme. All competitors will then have up to 1 hour to create a unique model that demonstrates what that theme means to them. Judges will choose a winner from each age category and award prizes accordingly.
MY OWN CREATION: Competitors are asked to bring a unique creation (no exact sets) to showcase their unique LEGO building skills.
Find out more on the event website and have fun if you go!
On October 12, another LEGO monobrand  store will open in Budapest, at ALLEE Supermarket.
On opening day, there will be gifts, star guests and 20% off everything. The first 200 customers will get a free gift, 5001621 Han Solo minifig, and the first 300 customers who spend HUF 5000 will be entered into a competition to win any LEGO product in the shop.
I remember seeing photos of the opening of the first store in Budapest and it looked to be chaotic, so if you're planning to go, get there early!
 Monobrand stores are franchised operations that open in countries that LEGO does not intend to open brand stores in itself.
This weeks Toys R Us Flyer has The Goblin King Battle (79010) marked down a shocking 50%.
The sale lasts from October 4th through October 10th. But as we know first come, first served...
At that price I cannot see them lasting long.
Make sure to take advantage of the Bricktober freebies as well.
The City Mining Truck (4202) is also marked down 40% for those City fans out there.
This week we are going back to the artistic LEGO on Cuusoo. Not a very well supported branch of Cuusoo but I am very curious as to what the community thinks about these two Strandbeests which blur the lines between art pieces and dynamic builds.
I don't have much to say on these two builds as the videos speak for themselves. Either you will find them totally enchanting (like I do) or you won't. You might find their movements a bit too creepy to want in your house actually.
Dorling Kindersley doesn't just publish books about minifigs, it has also published one for minifigs:
DK hosts the tiniest celebration in the world for the largest population on earth
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure, DK is publishing LEGO Minifigure Year by Year – A Visual History; a new book that catalogues the life of the minifigure since their creation in 1978. To mark this special occasion, DK has created the smallest LEGO book ever made for the minifigures themselves.
Measuring just 20mm x 17mm, the hardbound book is a 1:15 scale replica of its human-sized counterpart, making it a future collectors’ item of the publishing world.
It doesn’t stop there, to celebrate the launch of the world’s tiniest coffee table tome DK held a press launch, complete with miniature cocktails and pint-sized canapés, at the Brick Lane bookshop in East London. A who’s who of the UK’s most famous faces, journalists and paparazzi (LEGO sized of course), were invited to celebrate 35 years since the first minifigures invaded bedroom floors everywhere, while being treated to an exclusive glimpse of the book’s tiny pages.
Simon Beecroft, Publishing Director of Licensing at DK, said: “During the making of the book, it occurred to us that we should also make a version solely for the minifigures. We thought it would be fun to make a hardback that they could actually hold, and even host their own book launch in a minifigure-sized book shop. They have the largest population on earth and it seemed like the perfect 35th birthday present."
The life-sized version of LEGO Minifigure Year by Year goes on sale this week. Featuring over 2000 minifigures, many of which were sourced and borrowed from LEGO collectors around the world, the book includes a whole host of rare or previously unseen models, as well as an incredible amount of facts and stats. LEGO Minifigure Year by Year affectionately encapsulates a strong part of cultural history and is perfect for LEGO fans of any age.
I think there's room even on my bookshelf to fit that one in...
There are so many great LEGO books coming out just now in time for Christmas that I have a bit of a review backlog. The latest one to hit my doormat is Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle, published by No Starch Press.
It's a 260 page paperback that the frontispiece describes as 'a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions and mythical creatures'.
Mike Doyle is a relative newcomer to the LEGO world and is best known for his models of dilapidated houses that have featured in BrickJournal, and also the 'City of Odan' that's pictured on the cover of the book. In the preface he says that the book contains a small selection of the most impressive models he's come across in his time as a AFOL.
The book is 95% pictorial, 5% text: it's full of beautiful photographs of impressive models.There are no instructions and not much information about the models that are featured. There are brief interviews with a handful of the builders, such as Jordan Schwartz, Nannan Zhang and Iain Heath, but that's all there is to read. Thus, like similar books on art or photography, it makes an excellent 'coffee-table book' that's a pleasure to flick-through from time to time.
I know I keep saying this about every book I review but, once again, 'this is not like other LEGO books' and I think it potentially serves a different audience to others.
First, it will appeal to experienced AFOL builders and will be useful inspiration for their own models. Second, I think it would make a great book for any AFOL to have on their coffee table to show to friends and family that don't quite get their fascination with LEGO because it illustrates beautifully what can be achieved with the medium and should help them see why you're so fascinated with it. Lastly, it may also appeal to artists who had never even considered LEGO as an artistic medium: it certainly does a good job of showing what's possible with it.
So, this is another book that deserves space on your bookshelf. I hope there's room for them all...
It can be ordered from Amazon, where you can 'look inside' and see sample spreads from it.
A blog about watches, A Blog to Watch, revealed yesterday that LEGO watches for adults will be available again. The last time a decent range was available was back in the 1990s: since then most LEGO watches have had small faces and been aimed squarely at kids.
Now ClicTime is launching a new adult range in November, featuring similar interchangeable straps and so on that the kids ones have, with both plastic and aluminium bezels.
It looks as if there will something like 25 different ones so there should be one for every taste. The Brick Fan has posted images of them all in a neat gallery, so go and see which ones take your fancy. Prices are said to be $85-$185.
I used to wear LEGO watches but now I favour Swatch Skin, which are so thin and light you hardly know you have one on, so I probably won't be buying any of these.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
The Thanksgiving Parts Pack, sorry, Feast looks to be widely available across the world and not confined to the USA, as Grahame reported earlier in the week. There were none out in the Shepherd's Bush brand store in London yesterday but while there I met up with Jeff from the awesome site BrickPicker.com who had brought one over from the US for me.
As has been pointed out, this really is an excellent parts pack stuffed with food (much like many of us after a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast..) and animals that individually cost a small fortune on sites like BrickOwl.
The female has a great torso that I think is usually used for historical minifigs. The only thing I'm not so keen on is the man's red trousers. How many men do you know that wear red trousers? Or is there something I don't know about Thanksgiving? :)
Cheers LEGO for a great little polybag!
No sooner than UN Headquarters is released, LEGO have inadvertently released an image of the next Architecture set on their online survey site. 21021 is a model of Marina Bay Sands, a hotel in Singapore, which is likely to be released in 2014.
Wikipedia says "Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land".
It's certainly an impressive looking building!
Thanks to detective whung for the news :-)
Note for the benefit of anyone wondering where the image came from: At the back of instruction books, you are invited to complete a survey to share your experiences of the set you've just bought, at http://www.legosurvey.com/product. It asks you to enter the product code of the set, and if you enter 21018 it takes you to this page which shows the image. This is a commonly used way to discover unreleased sets which are often added there before they are announced elsewhere. You simply enter set numbers that are next in the sequence of known number ranges. Now that there is a system in place again for numbering sets, it is easy to know what numbers to try.
See what's new on our new inventories page.
If the inventories contained new parts, they will be listed on the new parts page.
See what's new on our new instructions page.
The latest Architecture set, 21018 UN Headquarters, is released today. LEGO has kindly sent us one to review. Before I start, I should confess that I own 13 Architecture sets but that this is the first one that I've actually opened the box of and built, which is pretty shameful, isn't it...
The UN Headquarters is in New York, USA and was built just after the second world war. It was designed primarily by Oscar Niemeyer, who went on to design Brazil's capital city Brasilia. It's said to be in the 'modernist style' of architecture. You can find out more about it on Wikipedia, or by buying the set which, in common with other Architecture sets, has extensive notes about the building in the instruction manual.
On with the review...
Now would be a good time to get shopping at shop.LEGO.com because starting today you'll receive double VIP points on all purchases. In the USA you'll also still get the Clone Trooper Lieutenant with Star Wars purchases over US$50.
Click on the banner above to get shopping!