BrickFair Virginia 2014 this week

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BrickFair Virginia, one of the largest AFOL conventions in the United States, is coming up fast (so fast I completely forgot that I should post about this at least a week ahead of time)! To those unfamiliar with the event, BrickFair is a fun convention where LEGO fans showcase their creations, attend seminars, and can purchase cool items from various vendors, all in one place. BrickFair Virginia...

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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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AFOLCON: First three speakers announced

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AFOLCON is the LEGO fan convention running alongside Brick 2014 at ExCel, London in November. Here's a latest announcement from the organisers: AFOLCON is very pleased to announce our first three speakers for 2014: Alice Finch - Chief Communication Office for Bricklink Guy Bagley - Chief Model Maker - LEGO Studios Windsor Keith David Severson - Senior Manager - LEGO CEE Each...

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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:The Tumbler press release (21 Jul, 15598 views)The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain revealed (23 Jul, 13991 views)UCS Tumbler confirmed (20 Jul, 9551 views)Review: Minifig display frame (18 Jul, 9243 views)Review: 40109 mini MINI Cooper (19 Jul, 8008 views)LEGO SDCC 2014 exclusive announced... (16 Jul, 7343 views)SDCC: Wookiee...

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Classic LEGO sets: Classic Town Shell

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Victory Lap Raceway

This week's classic LEGO article has been contributed by Matthew, The Toymaker: Classic Town was founded in 1978. Its zenith was during the 1980s when it grew into a sprawling metropolis that continued until its star faded in the late 1990s. It lives on today of course in AFOLs’ attics and cupboards throughout the world and doubtless, in the hearts of countless others. It was a...

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CMF Series 12 line-up

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The big news to break yesterday whilst I was out was the release of the Argos catalogue in the UK and an update to their website which revealed the full line-up of series 12 minifigs. Although listed on the site, they do not appear to be available to buy as yet. The full list of figures is as follows: Battle Goddess, Dino Tracker, Fairytale Princess, Genie Girl, Hun Warrior, Jester, Lifeguard,...

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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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Bionicle set to return in 2015

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There have been rumours of the return of Bionicle in 2015 in a couple of online forums recently. Now, GrooveBricks has posted a image of a display stand which appears to corroborate them. It shows 13 sets, 5 small and 8 larger. I wonder what this means for HERO Factory? Has Bionicle's replacement theme not been as successful as Bionicle itself? I think we can guess the answer... I...

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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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Reminder: Exo-Suit signing at Bluewater tomorrow

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Just in case you've forgotten, Peter Reid will be at Bluewater tomorrow from 12 - 4pm signing Exo-Suit boxes. If you see me, come and ask 'Are you Huw from Brickset?' and I'll give you a TLM poly (while stocks last). And, if you see Andy from MinifigForLife say hi to him too. He's also doing 'a fun friendly giveaway, no promises and no hassle': a salvage team pauldron (pictured...

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The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain revealed

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Here's another forthcoming set to drool over that's being unveiled at SDCC: The Hobbit The Lonely Mountain. This 866-piece set, the first to feature Smaug, comes with five minifigures: Bilbo Baggins, Balin the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf and Gloin the Dwarf. It will be available November/December this...

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SDCC: New set announced

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If, like me, you've spent the past 45 minutes constantly refreshing the raffle drawing thread in the forum (and if you haven't then get over there now!) you might have noticed CCC posting that a new Super Heroes set featuring Green Lantern has been unveiled at SDCC. I have to confess I initially thought it was a wind up, but it's true enough! 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro...

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FireStar Toys minifig work of art competition

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FireStar Toys has recently started printing minifigs and other items and their latest creation, Mr Inkredible is a work of art. This incredible tattooed minifig is printed on front and back, on head, torso, legs and arms and looks fantastic. We have one to give away to a lucky Brickset reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to answer a simple question on...

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All the SDCC exclusives in one list

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Once again the LEGO PR team has done a good job of spreading the news around about the SDCC exclusives, and Matthew has done a good job keeping up with it all and re-posting it here. I've now added the items to the database so if you want to see everything you'll never own in one place, here's a list of all SDCC 2014 exclusive items. If you go, and are able to secure...

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SDCC: Wookiee Gunship revealed

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Wookiee Gunship

The news just keeps on coming... MTV has revealed a new Star Wars set, based on the Rebels TV series, which will be on display at SDCC this week. The Wookiee Gunship contains 570-parts and will retail for $69.99 USD, available in stores from January 2015. 75084 Wookiee Gunship Protect Wullffwarro and his Jedi friend, Kanan Jarrus, with the powerful LEGO® Star Wars Wookiee Gunship. As featured...

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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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Chowren Toys July offer

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Jason and the team at Chowren Toys have lined up another great offer for Brickset readers: "Our July 2014 Brickset promo is $3.99 for Friends polybag: 30102 Desk. All readers need do, is enter promo code: 30102BRSET at the check-out to receive this price. There are total of 500 units available and are limited to 50 per customer while supplies last. This promotion will only last...

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SDCC Exclusive Batmobile revealed

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LEGO has unveiled the third SDCC Exclusive set, the LEGO Super Heroes: DC Comics San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile (a bit of a mouthful - possibly the longest title for a LEGO set ever?). It is to be released in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the franchise, and is aiming to inspire nostalgia with its classic Cadillac...

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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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Review: Ninjago The Visual Dictionary

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As I mentioned yesterday, Dorling Kindersley UK has just sent me a copy of this book to review although it's not due in the shops until October 1st. If you have any of DK's other Visual Dictionaries this one will be familiar: it's a large, thick hardback with a box attached to the front cover to hold the minifig. The book itself is 96 pages long and filled with beautiful photographs...

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