New feature: alternate builds

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As you probably know, Rebrickable is a site that shows you what models you can build -- both official and MOCs -- from parts in your collection. You can also hook up to it from here and keep your set collection in sync between the two sites. Anyway, Nathan at Rebrickable has recently provided a feature that exposes MOCs that can be built using parts from just one set and he and I thought it would...

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Change to set filtering

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One of the most commented on aspects of the new design in the recent survey concerned filtering, in particular the need to clear a filter before you could select another. In my response to the comments I described it as follows: "you're browsing 2014 sets. You change the theme to Agents. Then, if you want to look at 2014 Chima sets you need to clear the Agents filter before you can select...

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Changes to news articles

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I've made a few tweaks to news article publication in response to the survey: The weekly round-up is now in its own category so if you don't want to see them you can remove the category from your news preferences page. It's now possible to remove all the news categories from that page, including the 'Brickset' category, so if you don't want to read anything I write,...

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Response to survey comments, continued...

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In part one, I responded to comments about the news, reviews and the forum. Now I will turn my attention to site's design, the database and functionality. Design I love the new design / I preferred the old one -- bring it back! The vast majority of comments about the design praised the new one although there were still a few people that said they preferred the old. It's not clear...

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Response to survey comments

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Our recent user survey generated over 1000 comments so it's been a bit of a challenge going through them and working out how best to respond. In the end I drew a mind-map which I hope has captured the points raised. In this article I'll list the main points and reply to each of them. The comments can be broadly divided into 6 categories: news, reviews, the forum, site functionality,...

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Mixels competition update

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I'm pleased to see there have been some great entries submitted to our Mixels series 3 competition as you can see for yourself in the competition pool on flickr. Information about the the rules and prizes are on the announcement article. In particular, note that we're only accepting entries made from series 3 Mixels, so I've removed those that don't meet this criteria. Get building...

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2014 survey results: higher NPS than Apple

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I've ended the survey, thank you to all 1990 of you that participated. You can now view the responses as they are presented by Google Forms. (Don't worry, responses to the email address question have been removed) and read all the comments in a PDF. I've crunched the numeric responses to the quantitative questions and compared them to those from the 2013 survey, (which you can see via...

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Mixels series 3 building competition

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Mixels series 3 have been out for a couple of weeks now so it's time to launch our third Mixels building competition! Once again, we have some fantastic prizes lined up: First prize: 4000010 LEGO House, 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid and 5001121 BR minifigure Second prize: 4000010 LEGO House Third prize: 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid, 5001121 BR minifigure plus a handful of other polybags. In...

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The 2014 Brickset user survey

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Every year we run a survey to find out what you think of the site and to gather suggestions on how it can be improved to better meet your needs. Now would seem like a good time to do so this year given that the new site design has been live for 7 months so you've all had time to get used to it, and with winter fast approaching I'll have a lot more time available to spend developing new features. So,...

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I'm back from my travels...

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I'm back in the UK now after my trip to Ontario and upstate NY. The purpose of the visit was to deposit my oldest daughter at Queens university in Kingston for 4 months of study following her masters, as part of an overseas study exchange programme. We flew to Toronto, then drove anticlockwise round Lake Ontario, taking in Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes area (Corning and Watkins...

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FireStar Toys minifig work of art competition

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FireStar Toys has recently started printing minifigs and other items and their latest creation, Mr Inkredible is a work of art. This incredible tattooed minifig is printed on front and back, on head, torso, legs and arms and looks fantastic. We have one to give away to a lucky Brickset reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to answer a simple question on...

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Neo-Classic Space MOC Contest

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There's a building competition being organised in the forum that has just over a week to run, so I must apologise for not mentioning it here until now. Organiser TheOneVeyronian writes: "all you have to do is build a model of 338 pieces or less that will fit within the general theme of Classic Space (or Neo-Classic Space). You can do mechs, robots, spaceships, space bases, microscale,...

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Brickset T Shirts now available

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Is there room in your wardrobe for more LEGO-related T Shirts? If so, you can now grab yourself an official Brickset T Shirt from Zazzle! I ordered one for myself and I'm impressed with the quality so I'm making them available to all.  Two designs are available, one with blue lettering for light coloured shirts and one with white for dark shirts.  The only...

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Mixels building competition: one week to go

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Our Mixels building competition with The LEGO Movie prizes ends at midnight (GMT+1) on Sunday 6th July so if you haven't entered yet, you have a week left to do so. The judges this time will be DrDaveWatford (GimmeLEGO), SirKevbags (FairyBricks), Caperberry (Tim, New Elementary), LostInTranslation (Lucy), Rocao (Roland) and myself. I estimate there are around 250 entries...

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Brickset minifigs and bricks now available

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At long last, by popular demand, we are making a range of Brickset-branded minifigs and bricks available! We've teamed up with UK-based MinifigForLife Print Studio who will be producing them to order on their Roland UV printer. They are direct digital prints, printed at 1440dpi, so the quality is stunning, the best I have seen, in fact. Six items will initially be...

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We own 200 million dollars-worth of LEGO

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If you keep an eye on the site statistics at the bottom of the page you may have noticed another landmark was passed overnight: we now own US$200 million of LEGO between us. The 100 million mark was crossed in August 2012 so in less than 2 years, together we've spent $100m on our favourite plastic product. Taking into account the number of sets we own and the number of people who record their...

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Mixels series 2 building competition

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Now that Mixels series 2 are widely available, it's time to launch our second Mixels building competition! It will be similar to the first one we held in March (here's the announcement and the winners) but with a few tweaks in response to comments received. Once again, we have some fantastic prizes lined up, provided by the LEGO CEE team. First prize: 70816 Benny's...

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