Blocks magazine announces consulting editor

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Mark, editor of Blocks magazine, has just issued this press release: With the monthly launch on the horizon, Blocks has begun assembling a team of experts to ensure the high quality expected is met. The first big signing of the summer comes in the form of Brickset owner and LEGO guru, Huw Millington. Huw is the brains behind Brickset, one of the world’s largest and most popular LUG websites....

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SDCC News Update

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LEGO has today published details of its largest presence ever at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Fans will be welcomed to the LEGO booth by life-sized models, sneak previews of 2015 sets, opportunities for photographs and demonstrations of new content. As previously mentioned on Brickset there will also be a chance for visitors to win exclusive minifigures each day in addition to the SDCC...

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Fairy Bricks charity raffle: last day to buy tickets

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Today is the last day that tickets for this year's Fairy Bricks charity raffle are on sale. SirKev tells me that over £5000 has been raised so far which is a fantastic achievement but I'm sure that with one last push that can be increased significantly. The list of prizes is impressive and includes some money-can't-buy items so if you haven't done so yet,...

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Custom Translucent Figures

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Jared Burks, the custom figure guru has produced a series of translucent figures. I know from scores of Ideas projects (especially for Jedi Spirits) that trans-figs are definitely something fans are looking for. Jared's design has amalgamated the head, torso, and hips into one element for a more pleasing appearance.  Personally I was uncertain that trans-on-trans figure joints could...

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Classic LEGO sets: Expert Builder Technical Sets, part 1

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©1977 LEGO Group

Here's another article in our classic LEGO sets series written by TechnicNick: When launched in 1977, Technic had a slightly clumsy name, but the concept was sound. The second attempt by LEGO at tempting teenage builders, after the Hobby sets that I covered in my previous article, was a considerable success and the early sets were a significant departure for LEGO. Here were...

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Review: Minifig display frame

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If you have Blocks magazine, you'll have seen the instructions for creating a minifig display frame from an Ikea Ribba frame and I suspect you also noticed the legoframes.co.uk advert on the inside back page who'll make them for you. Having been on the lookout for something like this for some time, I ordered one and have now had a chance to fill it and and hang it on the wall. They...

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SmartBrick remote control needs your support on KickStarter

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LEGO related projects are appearing on crowd-funding platform KickStarter with increasing frequency these days. It's a great way to seek funding to provide something niche to the hobby that LEGO would never do itself. SmartBrick is one such project: "SmartBrick is the next level in remote controlling your LEGO. Build more, play more, like never before. "This tiny brick of goodness...

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Legends Of Chima Season 1, Part 2 DVD review

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Fresh on the heels of our Legends of Chima DVD giveaway was its official retail release on Tuesday. Titled "Chi, Tribes, and Betrayals", the disc comprises the second half of the first season -- 10 episodes which originally aired on the Cartoon Network from September to December of 2013. I was given a copy for review, so without further ado, let's have a look! Packaging: The...

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Mixels competition winners

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The fantastic standard and high number of entries has made the judging very difficult, but after much deliberation the panel of 6 judges has made their decision... First place So, in first place, winner of Benny's Spaceship, is Captain Flex by Nicolas Bossons:   The judges said:  I love Captain Flex because he has so much character and I like how the builder...

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Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game - Pre-order free gifts announced

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Warner Bros have today announced the free gifts due to be given away with pre-orders of the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game, due out later this year. Unusually there will be several different items available from different retailers this time: Amazon – LEGO Batgirl Keychain Best Buy – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Digital Comic Book GameStop – LEGO Plastic...

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Chima DVD winners

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The five winners of the Legends of Chima DVD are: Rene Sarreal, Jeremiah Tabatt, Noah Carpenter, Zachary Allen Wathen, Rob Casteel Congratulations, I'll be in touch to get your addresses. The correct answer was of course, B: hippos have not yet featured in a Chima set, ravens and spiders have. BTW, I'm just waiting on one of the judges...

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Classic LEGO Sets: Hobby Sets

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This week's installment on classic LEGO sets, published slightly later in the week than usual due to the Exo-Suit coverage, has been contributed by TechnicNick. Hobby Sets were an early attempt by LEGO to engage a more mature audience; they were bigger, more detailed models than previously offered, and the boxes they came in were beautifully illustrated. Think of them as the new...

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Win a Legends of Chima DVD

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LEGO: Legends of Chima – Chi, Tribes, and Betrayals Season 1 part 2 is released on DVD next Monday in the USA. We have five copies to give away, courtesy of Warner Brothers. All you have to do is answer a simple question on the competition page. Due to licensing restrictions, entry is limited to residents of the USA only: entries from other countries will be discarded. Closing date...

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Railbricks issue 15 available now

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Railbricks is an occasionally published e-magazine about LEGO trains. The latest 44-page issue is now available for download for free from the Railbricks website. There are some interesting articles in it, in particular an interview with the designers of the latest LEGO City trains. ...

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Fairy Bricks raffle update

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SirKevbags has been in touch with some Fairy Bricks Big Raffle updates.  Ticket sales now stand at £3,000 which is an amazing effort in one week. He has also given me a list of the hospitals this community effort will be supporting. The Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, UK The Naomi House & Jacksplace Children's Hospice, UK Children's Medical...

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TeeFury T Shirt winners

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Yesterday's competition to win one of ten TeeFury shirts attracted 587 entries and all but five people got the answer right. The answer was, of course, c: Jawas live on Tatooine. I've run a database query to pick ten correct entries at random, and the winners are... Bill Murphy, USA David McCarrhy, UK Brian Larson, USA Andrew Marmot, UK Charles...

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Win today's TeeFury T-Shirt

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Today's TeeFury T-Shirt is a cool LEGO/Star Wars mash-up. The design, Plastic Debris by Letter_Q, depicts Jawas carrying bits of minifigs and other LEGO scrap. As always, it's available for 24 hours only at a cost of $11 plus a few dollars worldwide postage. Thanks to the kind folk at TeeFury, we have ten shirts to give away to Brickset readers! All you have to do to...

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