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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.
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)
I suspect the The LEGO Movie microsite has been live for a while but it's only just been brought to my attention. It seems they are revealing a set every so often on there and today it's 70807 MetalBeard's Duel.
(Some people have complained about me posting 'spoilers'; if that's you, stop reading now!)
Sets still to be revealed are covered in a red cloth but a quick and easy change to their image URLs (discovered by a forum member who shall remain anonymous) will show the set in all its glory.
So, I've added the images here although I suspect LEGO would rather I didn't. But, they aren't watermarked and have been published by their web team on a public server so I think they are fair game. Feel free to discuss this point though if you disagree.
(Update: I see Eurobricks has published them following the same discovery by one of their members, so the cat is well and truly out of the bag now...)
Images of many of the 2014 Star Wars sets have been posted on Eurobricks. The images are a bit small and I don't know where they've come from originally, but I've corrected them a bit and enlarged them so we can get a better view.
Thanks to lomis for posting the EB link in the forum and jmags2424 for the email.
The fantastic folks in the LEGO community team have sent us, and other fan sites, 10243 Parisian Restaurant to review ahead of its release in January. It's not often we receive sets, and are able to post reviews, so far in advance of release, but I'm certainly not complaining.
When the set was announced at the beginning of October it generated a lot of interest and positive comments, with many regarding it as the 'best modular yet' which is saying something given the high standard of recent ones.
I received it on Wednesday and spent yesterday building the ground floor. This review then, will be in several parts. Today I'll cover the ground floor, and hopefully later today or over the weekend I'll get the other stories built and the review concluded.
As you will see, this is not a set to rush: plan to spend at least 6 hours building it. The ground floor took something like 3 hours to complete because the level of detail is astonishing.
At this time of year, retailers around the world jump the gun and publish pictures of next year's sets before they should do. Among the first to do so this year is Walmart.ca which has provided us with pictures of most of the City sets known so far, a couple of Friends sets, and also the Juniors sets. I've added the City and Friends ones here and will extract the less interesting ones tomorrow, as it's a bit of a palaver to do so.
Being a fan of 'great vehicles' (as LEGO likes to call them), the best of the City sets in my opinion is this 60059 Logging Truck. The Police sets look to be 'more of the same' but I'm sure some of you will find something interesting amongst them.
Thanks to Ypres for the news.
We might have expected Walmart.ca to be asked by LEGO to remove their images of 2014 sets following their discovery the other day, but it seems the opposite has occurred - they've now published more: Friends, Disney Princess and Creator.
These are the first images of most of these sets to have surfaced and I think you'll find many of interest. I predict the Disney Princess sets will fly off the shelves. There are some great Creator sets too and I'm particularly lovin' this Furry Creatures one. However, those that were hoping that Emerald Express was to be a set to rival the Emerald Night will be sorely disappointed...
Brickset member Legoguy is currently living in the Middle East and has been able to buy some 2014 sets already. He's sent us scans of those he's bought which I've added to the database and you'll see in the 'new in the database' list above.
And, LEGO has published pictures of the Ninjago sets on their server already which I've also added. (Thanks Isoler).
In part one of the review, I estimated that the model would take about 6 hours to build. Having completed it now, that time wasn't too far off: 2.5 hours for the ground floor, and an hour for the first floor, and about another hour for the roof.
It was pointed out in the comments to part 1 that 'Chez Albert' means 'Albert's Place' or 'At Albert's' in English, which makes it rather strange that it's 'Chez' and not 'Albert' that's embedded in the floor of the outside seating area, doesn't it.
Also in the comments, someone asked for a scan of the parts list, which I've now added to flickr.
Right, on with the conclusion of the review...
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...
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 :-)
It's only the first week in November so it seems a bit early to be seeing next year's sets in the shops already, but Jason over at the Brick Show has posted video reviews of Ninjago sets, including the Nindroid MechDragon, on YouTube.
I believe they were found in TRU so it might be worth checking out your local branch over the weekend if you're in the USA.
Tonight, at the LEGO Fan weekend in Denmark, 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E container ship was unveiled. Here's the press release:
Build the Maersk ‘Triple-E’ container vessel – a true giant of the seas!
US $149.99, CA $179.99, DE €129.99, UK £109.99, DK 1199.00 DKK
Presenting the largest ship in the world – the record-breaking Maersk ‘Triple-E’. Built from over 1,500 bricks, the model recreates the real vessel in amazing detail. Our LEGO designers have included rare colours such as medium azure, dark red, sand blue and sand green.
There are rotating gold-colored screw blades leading to the brick-built twin propeller engines, which you can view through the window built into the port side of the ship. You can even customise it by adding or removing the containers.
This authentic set includes a display stand and fact plaque with detailed information about the ship and, as a finishing touch, there’s the gold coin that is added under the mast of all Maersk Line ships for good luck on their voyages. This model is perfect for LEGO fans!
- Features include rotating gold-coloured propeller blades, brick-built twin 8-cylinder engines, viewing window into the engine compartment, adjustable rudders, detachable lifeboats, removable containers, rotating crane arms and a special ‘good luck’ coin.
- Includes rare medium azure, dark red, sand blue and sand green colored elements.
- Play with the model on carpeted surfaces or mount the model on the display stand.
- Building instructions also include interesting facts about the real ship.
- Includes 1,518 bricks.
- Ship (mounted on stand) measures over 8” (21cm) high, 25” (65cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide.
More images and the designer video are available on the set details page.
This then, is the replacement for 2004's container ship, 10152 (re-released as 10155 in 2010) and the latest in a long line of Maersk sets. It looks pretty good to me, and those that know me, or follow my flickr stream, will know that it's right up my street. (I live near the port of Southampton and photograph ships from time to time). It's perhaps a shame that it's not to the same scale as the other one, but I guess we'd be looking at a $600 set if it was...
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.
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.
Hoth Bricks has uncovered pictures of eight 2014 Star Wars sets we were missing pictures for including the six Microfighters. Those of 76046 Coruscant Police Gunship and 74044 Droid Tri-Fighter came from Brickshop.nl; I don't know where the others originated.
Whatever, I'd be interested to hear what you think of the Microfighters. To me, they are just plain weird and don't appeal at all.
A new kids' magazine has been launched this week in parts of Europe including the UK and Poland. It has a free Ewar minifig on the cover. I haven't seen it myself yet but I'm just off to WHS to see if I can find one. The price, in the UK, is £3.25.
Is it available in your country as well?
Thanks to BrickFanatics for the news and image.
Update: I have a copy, from Tesco. The text on the back of the bag the figure comes in suggests that it's available in UK, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
The minifig is a 'genuine' one, but is different to that shown on the packet: it has silver armour shoulder pads and not gold. This makes it a unique figure.
Hot off the press: 15 minutes ago on the LEGO Minecraft Facebook page LEGO announced that it is developing a range of minifig scale Minecraft sets, and it wants your input.
The description of the accompanying video on YouTube, below, says "We're excited to announce that we are launching a new line of LEGO Minecraft sets in minifigure scale. Right now we are in the middle of the development of these and would love your input. Check out www.facebook.com/LEGOMineCraft."
It sounds like we'll have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Facebook page. Five minutes ago, a post was made asking what style of Creeper we liked best.
This is an interesting development, isn't it, and wow, isn't this a busy day for news...
Thanks to adzbadboy for the news.
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:
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.