BrickLink and CUUSOO Jointly Create a LEGO Publishing Platform

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Here's an interesting press release I received today: BrickLink MOC Shop and CUUSOO have teamed up to create a new platform that will publish custom LEGO models created by LEGO fans. Since 2000, BrickLink has facilitated the trade of bricks all around the world as a LEGO marketplace. CUUSOO Systems has previously operated what is now called LEGO Ideas (with The LEGO Group), supporting aspiring...

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HispaBrick issue 21 now available

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The latest issue of HispaBrick Magazine can now be downloaded for free. In this issue, Julian Charity, Part Design CAE engineer, explains how the new pieces used in LEGO sets are developed, and Keith David Severson will tell us something about his task in the CEE Team. We will tell you the story of LEGO Therapy and their work to help children...

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Which minifigs are most desirable?

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You may remember that last December we asked you to list your 'best LEGO sets ever' for a forthcoming Dorling Kindersley book. The book is taking somewhat longer than I expected to hit the shelves but as far as I know it's due for release sometime in 2015. Now, another book is planned which will feature the 'most desirable minifigures in existence' and DK would like your help...

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LEGO Themed T-shirts on TeeFury

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TeeFury have once again produced a pair of LEGO themed T-shirts for sale today only. One design features a red 2x2 brick and is available in navy, black or charcoal (right) while the other parodies the Classic Space logo with an X-wing orbiting the Death Star, not unlike a similar T-shirt featuring the Millennium Falcon which I have seen. Both are available here priced at a very reasonable $11...

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Black Friday Promo from Chowren Toys

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Our friends over at Chowren Toys have been in touch with another great promotion for Brickset readers: We would like to thank you for all the support from Brickset readers on our last promotion of LEGO 30212 Mirkwood Elf Guard. It was quite a success! We are back again with this year’s Black Friday Special. $3.99 for LEGO Disney Sets: Toy Story 30071 Army Jeep NEW. All readers need do is enter...

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Has the imagination disappeared from Lego?

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The BBC apparently think so. Having said that, the BBC News Magazine tends to publish related articles at the time that events are taking place, so personally I think they just wanted something related to the Brick 2014 show. Have a read of the article and come to your own conclusion. It's also being discussed in the forum. ...

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Adult LEGO user research project

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As part of an adult LEGO user research project, a specially formulated on-line survey has gone live today to learn more about AFOLs and casual LEGO users. The findings will be shared with the LEGO community and will influence how the CEE team allocate their resources in 2016. And, because this is not just another survey, anyone taking part has the opportunity to win LEGO prizes! Yes, this is a first....

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40% off ALL No Starch LEGO books

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No Starch Press is offering 40% off all its LEGO books, paper and digital, from today until Sunday, November 23. We've reviewed quite a few of them this year and they are all highly recommended. They cover all aspects of the hobby, from Mindstorms to Steampunk, so you're bound to find something of interest. At checkout, use coupon code CLUTCH to receive 40% off your order. ...

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LEGO Movie 2 'will feature more female characters'

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie, have told the BBC, in an article published yesterday, that they will create more female role models for the sequel, perhaps as a result of the success of Frozen: "You can feel that the whole movie culture is now starting to wake up to the fact that half the audience are women," Lord said. "Frozen is reflective...

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United Bricks UV printer Kickstarter

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United Bricks, a UK based custom minifigure producer that specialises in military minifigures, wants to buy a UV printer, and it wants you to help fund it via Kickstarter. In return for your pledge of £8 or more, you'll get a choice of WW2 soldiers. If that sounds like something you'd like to help with, head on over to Kickstarter and pledge today! ...

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Build your own Batmobile

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If you didn't get to SDCC this year to grab a Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile and don't fancy paying the going rate on eBay, you can now build your own thanks to these instructions that have been produced by jsutton who has reversed-engineered it and used LDraw (or similar) to produce them. Thanks James! ...

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Tropical fish models from ReefScape

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British company Tropical Marine Centre is offering a range of fifteen custom LEGO models of tropical fish for sale. They'll be available later this month exclusively at branches of Maidenhead Aquatics which you often see in garden centres as well as stand-alone stores. They've been designed by Bright Bricks and just 500 of each model will be available. Bright Bricks also made a large ReefScape...

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MSC cruise ships to feature LEGO playrooms

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This is not something I'd normally write about but the following press release contains interesting information, right at the end: MSC Cruises has announced a partnership with LEGO Group to bring LEGO-themed playrooms on its ships. Separate kids club offerings will be available for different groups including a supervised DUPLO Play Pen for children under five, free time play for children...

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Dropship kit on Kickstarter

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Ichiban Toys is offering their next custom kit, a dropship, on Kickstarter. Normally it sells kits via its website but this "is an experiment in pre-funding a new kit. We want to use Kickstarter as a platform to generate interest in a new kit to essentially guarantee success in each of our new kits. This allows us to offer our customers more ambitious kits with less risk - overall keeping our...

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Own a rare Hobbit acrylic brick

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Fairy Bricks is auctioning off a rare TT Games acrylic The Hobbit brick: This is a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this item. These acrylic bricks are only given to employees of TT Games if they have made a significant contribution to the production of one of their published LEGO titles. Luckily for us, Carl Greatrix is a Senior Model Designer at TT and a good friend of Fairy...

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BBC Collectaholics looking for LEGO collector

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I received this from Georgia Smith who works for the producers of the BBC TV Collectaholics programme: "We are currently producing the second series of Collectaholics for BBC2, a primetime show presented by antiques expert Mark Hill which explores people’s passion for collecting. We are looking for enthusiastic collectors of Lego to feature on the programme. The programme explores why...

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Kickstarter: Bricks of the Mouse Guard

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Guy Himber is at is again with his crowd funded "Crazy Bricks." This time around the subject is Mouse Guard, an avant-garde comic series set in a world much like our Earth but instead of humans being around, you have sentient mice. Not giant Mickey mice, but your standard scale mice with minimal physical anthropomorphism. It is certainly an interesting read and the art is quite phenomenal....

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Creations for Charity sale starts today

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The annual fundraising initiative to raise money to buy LEGO sets for underprivileged children has started today and we are happy to help promote it. From now until the end of November, you can buy custom LEGO creations which have been built and donated by fans. More will be added throughout the sale and if you'd like to donate a creation you can do so before November 15 by visiting creationsforcharity.org...

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LEGO planning reality TV show

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According to The Guardian, "After The LEGO Movie, watch out for the LEGO reality TV show. The Danish toymaker is following the global success of its foray into Hollywood films with a move into TV next year." Jill Wilfert, LEGO vice-president of global licensing and distribution, says that LEGO is "exploring some reality competition show formats, which is new for us: the idea of becoming...

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