Blocks magazine is going monthly from October

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The publisher of Blocks magazine has today announced that, from October, it'll be published monthly. "Blocks magazine is going monthly from autumn 2014. The first issue of this exciting new magazine written by LEGO enthusiasts, for LEGO enthusiasts, is due to hit the shops on Thurs 23rd Oct." You can set up a subscription from the magazine's website. Myself,...

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Whirling Vines 70% off

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Whirling Vines

Amazon.co.uk is currently selling Chima Speedorz set Whirling Vines for £2.99, which is 70% off. That's about the same price as a collectable minifig for 72 parts. Even if you throw the largely superfluous Speedorz parts away you still end up with some neat mini-BURPS and other useful pieces as well as Gorzan, a great minifig for building your Gorilla tribe army. I think we can conclude,...

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Classic LEGO Sets: Hobby sets

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Thatcher Perkins Locomotive

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 others will be discarded. Closing date for entires...

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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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Architecture Studio to launch in Europe in August

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Architecture Studio

21050 Architecture Studio is being launched in Europe on August 1st with some fanfare, in the UK at least. On the evening of 31st July, a special event is being held at Westfield Shepherd's Bush, London as this press release explains: The LEGO Store Westfield (Shepherd’s Bush), is to host an exclusive product launch event for the new LEGO Architecture Studio set on...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 3

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In this, the final part of my review, I complete the model and let you know what I think of it. If you haven't already done so, please read parts one and two first. The final part of the build is the claws, the protective cage for the minifig and more greebling.  One eagle-eyed reader noticed in photos of part two of the review that in my haste to build...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 2

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In part one of the review I looked at the box, its contents and the instructions. I had intended to complete the review in part two but I haven't quite finished post-processing the photos as I've had other commitments this evening, including helping to run a kids' computer club at my local community centre.  This part then will cover the minifigs, the peripheral components...

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Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 1

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Thanks to the LEGO CEE team, who sent out review copies on Friday, I now have the set in hand. I'll review it in two parts: this part will cover the box and contents, and part two, which I'll post later today, the build and the model. Before I get on to the review, let's take a moment to consider what a momentous occasion the release of this set is. It's the first...

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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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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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Christchurch Brick Show, 12-13th July

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The Christchurch Brick Show 2014 will take place on July 12th-13th, at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand. The show will exhibit amazing LEGO models for all age groups in the amazing new hangar of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Enthusiasts and collectors will show their designs, collections and contraptions. Children will also have the opportunity to go hands...

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Ipswich Brick Event, 12-13th July 2014

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Brick Events and members from QLUG (Queensland LEGO User Group) based in Queensland Australia are holding the Ipswich Brick Event over the weekend of  12th & 13th July 2014 at the Ipswich Civic Centre, Corner  Limestone & Nicholas Street, Ipswich, opening hours are from 0900 to 1630 Saturday & from 0900 to 1530 Sunday. The Ipswich Brick Event will feature many exhibits...

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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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This week's top news articles

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These are the most read articles that we've posted over the last couple of weeks:More Exo-Suit goodness... (05 Jul, 37511 views)The Exo-Suit has been revealed! (04 Jul, 12456 views)Review: 10242 MINI Cooper, part 2 (03 Jul, 10393 views)Review: 10242 MINI Cooper, part 1 (02 Jul, 9256 views)Exo-Suit teaser, with video (01 Jul, 8432 views)Alatariel reveals and reviews her official Research Institute set...

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More Exo-Suit goodness...

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Pete has kindly provided us with more of Bluemoose's excellent photos of the Exo-Suit. Update: two more pictures have been added below. Important note: Mark Stafford (as lego_nabii) has been providing some background information on the development of the set on Reddit. The most important thing he states is "This is currently a single production run - I'm not sure of the...

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Exclusive: Exo-Suits side-by-side

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Peter Reid has sent me this image showing his version and the 'official' version of the Exo-Suit side-by-side. The main difference, which you'll notice at first glance, is that it's a lot taller. The need to use robust ball and socket joints for the feet and leg joints looks to be the main reason for that, as the body appears to be much the same size.  There's plenty...

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