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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Res-Q Wrecker

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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Basic Souvenir Box

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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Mobile Crane

Mobile Crane

©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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Blocks magazine announces second signing

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With the medical passed and contracts signed, Blocks magazine is pleased to announce Tim Johnson as the latest expert builder to join the team. Every month Tim will bring you in-depth articles on building techniques and brick usage to help you answer those difficult build questions, or just simply to help you try new ways to create your masterpieces. Tim Johnson is the founder of New Elementary,...

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Sticker horror

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I've come in for some criticism in the past about my opinions on stickers. My recommendation is not to apply them unless they are printed on clear plastic. These pictures will illustrate why. As I've been dismantling my old Technic models I've been surprised to see that the stickers on the 1980s and 1990s models are all in good shape, even those printed on white. However, the...

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What would you ask LEGO set designers?

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For a forthcoming book, Dorling Kindersley will be talking to LEGO designers about some of the most-loved and iconic LEGO sets of all time, from the earliest sets of the 1950s to the classic and licensed themed sets of today. Are there any questions you've always wanted to ask a LEGO designer? Questions could be about how sets are designed and created, or specific questions about your favourite...

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Classic LEGO sets: blue track trains

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Train Set with Motor

In this article, David Graham writes about 'blue track' trains to conclude his articles on classic LEGO trains. The 'blue track' train era ran from 1966 to 1979. There were a few earlier trains but I'm only including trains that ran on track. They ran on blue track with white sleepers. Everybody now asks why blue? Back then LEGO bricks were only available in a...

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Architecture Studio launch event report

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Yesterday evening LEGO hosted an event to mark the release of 21050 Architecture Studio in Europe at the brand store, Shepherd's Bush, London. Myself and a couple of other Brickset staff members went along to the press session at 6:30pm. The session was hosted by Finn Williams, Urban Designer and founder of Common Office who spoke briefly about the design process...

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HispaBrick lssue 20 now available

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Issue 20 of the best LEGO magazine out there, HispaBrick, can now be downloaded for free from the HispaBrick website. Lluis Gibert, one of the editors, writes: "In this issue, Keith David Severson, Senior Manager for the CEE Team explains the restructuring and the future of the new ambassador program. We will tell you about the new project of the CEE Team, The LEGO Ecosystem,...

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The winner of Mr Inkredible is...

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There were 568 entries in our competition to win FireStar Toys' custom Mr Inkredible and all but two got the answer correct, despite there being some debate about the hairstyle's proper name. Where I come from, it's called a mohican, so answer A was correct. Apparently in the US it's more often called a mohawk. Wikipedia states: "The mohawk (also...

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Exo-Suit signing report

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I've just got back from Bluewater after an excellent day at the Exo-Suit signing. It was fantastic to see so many of you there, so many in fact that the 50 TLM polybags I had were gone before midday. I hear there was a queue of people desperate to lay their hands on a set outside the shop at 9am when it opened. I arrived at about 10:15 so didn't see that but already there...

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Introducing BrickMap

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The LEGO CEE team has recently completed a project which aimed to create an overview of the different categories and sub-categories of user-created businesses and services that positively add to, strengthen, and expand the LEGO hobby. A sizeable team of Ambassadors and other AFOLs worked with CEE to collect, analyse and organise the data and recently the output was published as an Excel sheet. A...

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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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