75050 B-Wing - The most interesting set in the world...

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Today I have a rather unusual and (probably) one-off article for you. I mentioned in my review of the new AT-AT (75054) that I would not be reviewing any more of the Summer Star Wars sets, and as such this article will not be a review of 75050 B-Wing. Instead, I will be taking a look at some LEGO Star Wars trivia, which this set has more than its fair share of! While building the model it dawned...

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Classic LEGO sets: Bionicle

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On the day that LEGO is set to reveal that Bionicle is making a comeback it seems appropriate to take a look back at the original sets from 2001. This article has been written by GreenNinjaCP: Ah, BIONICLE. There was nothing quite like it. BIONICLE was like that new kid who walked into the school in that new third grade school year, beginning around August of 2001. He was not quite like all the...

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NSPCC minifig auction

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Richard over at Brick Fanatics is raising money for NSPCC. To help with this, Firestar Toys has produced ten exclusive minifigs kitted out in NSPCC running gear. They are being auctioned, with all proceeds going to the charity. It's a great cause, so head on over to Brick Fanatics and find out how you can get your hands on one. ...

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NYCC competition winners

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We asked 'Which LEGO brand store is not in New York?' The answer was B, Fairview Mall, which is in Toronto. Five lucky winners will receive a ticket to the NYCC opening day, October 9th, to hear for themselves what LEGO is revealing at the show. The winners are... Will D'Angelo, Jon Costantini, David B, Joshua Kent, Brendan Sussman. Congratulations, I'll be in touch for...

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LEGO to unveil something special this Friday

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LEGO has tweeted (and posted to Instagram and Facebook) an image of a countdown stating that something exciting will be revealed this coming Friday. They've also emphasised that this is "HUGE" news, so maybe that's a hint? Maybe tomorrow we'll get another update with the countdown. What do you think this reveal will be? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below! Spoiler...

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Blocks magazine pilot issue available again

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Due to the pilot issue selling out and the exclusive deal with WH Smiths ending, the Blocks team has been able to do a small re-run of the pilot issue with a limited edition cover. Primarily this edition has been produced for the Blocks stand at the Great Western Brick Show in Swindon in a couple of weeks, but due to demand they are selling a few copies through their website for those of you that...

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Classic LEGO sets: Town cars

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We resume our series of articles on classic LEGO sets with this one written by Wouter about classic Town cars: I'm WoutStopmotion, a TFOL from the Netherlands. Despite being born after a lot of Town sets were released, I still favour older LEGO rather than newer LEGO. The sets were simpler back then, using the bricks there were. There weren't a million brick colours, nor bricks wouldn't...

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Blocks magazine recruits a doctor

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The Blocks magazine team has just announced another signing: Brickset ambassador and Gimme LEGO blog author Dr Dave Watford. Dr Dave is a LEGO collector, blogger, builder and first and foremost, a lifelong fan. His in-depth knowledge and collection of older LEGO sets mean he’s perfectly placed to regularly dip into the archives and provide you with a look at some...

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Win a ticket to New York ComicCon

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As you might have read elsewhere, LEGO is planning to announce a brand new theme on the first day of this year's New York ComicCon. Some sites are conjecturing that it will be the re-launch of Bionicle and while that fits with the comic theme of the event, it's not exactly new, is it? We have five entry tickets to give away so you can attend the LEGO panel at 1pm on the 9th of October...

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Blocks magazine now to be sold in the US

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Following the release of a very successful pilot issue in WHSmith stores, The team at Blocks have announced via their Facebook page that the magazine will also be available in the US. This will commence from the publication of issue one in late October. The magazine will be available in Barnes & Noble stores in the US as well as in WHSmith stores in the UK. Hopefully that will...

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Be in the Next LEGO Ninjago Music Video

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Ninjago fans! The Fold, the band behind the theme music for LEGO Ninjago, is hosting a neat opportunity over the next couple of days where you have the opportunity to be in their music video for the upcoming song "Spinning Out In Color"! All you have to do is take a quick video of yourself spinning around wearing the color of your favorite ninja. You can watch the full announcement of this...

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It was all basic bricks in my day, part two...

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Big Sal has published the second part of his series of articles which aim to debunk the commonly reported view in the media that 'it was all basic bricks in my day'.  This part examines the percentage of low-use pieces that have appeared in sets over time. As it turns out, there were more basic bricks and plates in sets back in the olden days, but the number of specalised...

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Classic LEGO Sets: Classic Town residences

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House with Roof-Windows

Here is another article on classic Town sets contributed by The Toymaker: According to the Brickset database, there were 1,199 minifigures inhabiting Classic Town. These residents shared a grand total of 12 residential properties between them, a figure which puts the often reported housing crises in London and other European cities somewhat into perspective. In reality, if that is not too tenuous...

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PNY launches LEGO USB flash drives

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There have been numerous LEGO-brick shaped flash drives around for a while, now it seems you'll be able to buy officially licensed ones: PNY Technologies®, Inc. ("PNY") today announced a new brand licensing partnership with LEGO® Group to produce LEGO branded USB Flash Drives. This new line of USB Flash Drives will launch in multiple colors in both 8GB and 16GB options. Read...

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"Brick" Kickstarters closing out

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Just a quick reminder that three LEGO "compatible" kickstarters will be closing out very soon.  SBrick - Bluetooth adapter for your LEGO electronics (21 hours to go, target achieved). Brick-A-Pic - One stop site for making LEGO mosaics (21 hours to go, still needs $17,000). Treasure Bricks - A stacking storage solution (3 days to go, needs $5000). ...

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Win a 1 year Minifigures Online membership

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The LEGO Minifigures Online Wiki team is running a competition with a prize of a year's membership of the game. All you have to do is capture an interesting screen shot in the Pirates area. Whilst on the subject, is anyone here continuing to play the game, and/or actually paying for it? I haven't touched it since I first played it and wrote this. That article prompted JoeFish to...

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It was all basic bricks in my day...

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There have been a number of articles published in the Guardian recently written by lazy journalists making claims like "the Architecture Studio is the first LEGO set without instructions" and that, these days, an evil LEGO company is making "toys that limit development". The articles have been commented on by hundreds of people most of whom are equally ill-informed. Of...

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Classic LEGO sets: Technical Sets, part 2

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©1978 LEGO Group

Just in case we haven't published enough articles on Technic lately, here's part two of TechnicNick's look back at early sets from the 1970s: After the first year, the ‘Expert Builder’ tag was quietly dropped. Despite (slightly) easier to read instructions, you still needed to be on your toes... Having covered the initial 1977 releases, here are my picks of the subsequent...

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Ninjago: Rebooted DVD review

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Part one of "Ninjago: Rebooted, Battle for New Ninjago City", the third season of the popular cartoon, was released on DVD earlier this week and Warner Bros. Entertainment provided me with a review copy to accompany the release. Packaging: Like the Legends of Chima DVD I reviewed last month, the Ninjago DVD is packaged in a flimsy "eco-case" that uses less plastic in order...

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New Ideas sets availability

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Research Institute

A week ago today, Ideas sets 21109 Exo-Suit and 21110 Research Institute were launched. On the day I said about the Exo-Suit "I'm sure it won't sell out today, but chances are it will sell out quickly like the Mars Curiosity Rover did". It seems I was wrong. It DID sell out on the day, in a matter of hours. During the course of the week shipping dates...

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