Classic LEGO sets: Bionicle

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On the day that LEGO is set to reveal that Bionicle is making a comeback it seems appropriate to take a look back at the original sets from 2001. This article has been written by GreenNinjaCP: Ah, BIONICLE. There was nothing quite like it. BIONICLE was like that new kid who walked into the school in that new third grade school year, beginning around August of 2001. He was not quite like all the...

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NSPCC minifig auction

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Richard over at Brick Fanatics is raising money for NSPCC. To help with this, Firestar Toys has produced ten exclusive minifigs kitted out in NSPCC running gear. They are being auctioned, with all proceeds going to the charity. It's a great cause, so head on over to Brick Fanatics and find out how you can get your hands on one. ...

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An Interesting Idea: Lovely Sailboat

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I get a big kick out of projects that make you realize..."Wait a minute, why hasn't LEGO done one of these already?" One of the better examples of this is the Lovely Sailboat. Am I wrong here? Has LEGO ever done a LEGO City era sailboat? The closest I have found is this monthly mini model build. Plenty of pirate ships to be sure, a few "castle" boats, even some windsurfing...

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Beokocka LEGO exhibit, this weekend, Belgrade

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Our friends over in Serbia are busy again putting on another show: "Over 260 sq.m of LEGO creations are waiting for you this weekend. Towers stretching metres into the air, intelligent robots, enchanted forests, scary castles, naval battles, Chima worlds, mosaics and digital creations. "Creations from well known fairy tales, great battle in Middle earth, medieval war with over one thousand...

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Santa's Workshop available now to VIPs

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Santa's Workshop

Shop.LEGO.com VIPs can now order this year's Winter Village set, and buy it at brand stores. Normally I'd encourage you to do so but personally I'd hold fire until October when (a) it will be double VIP points, (b) 40106 Elves' workshop will be free with qualifying purchases, and most importantly (c) LEGO will hopefully have sorted out its affiliate tracking system because at the...

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Dareth vs. Nindroid

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Dareth vs. Nindroid is a polybag that's currently available in Toys R Us in the UK. It's a TRU exclusive and free when you spend £25 on Ninjago, or £4.99 otherwise. This is despite the back clearly stating, in five languages, that it's 'not for sale'. Components are made in Denmark, Mexico and China. I'm fairly sure that Dareth's legs and torso are made...

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An Interesting Idea: Typewriter

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Lots of people talk about how big a LEGO Ideas project can legitimately get, but few ever discuss how small they can be. That is why today I bring you the Typewriter. The build is quite lovely and though the part count and size is low, it demonstrates excellent technique. Please consider supporting this project for its elegance if nothing else. Just 150 more supporters and this project will qualify...

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Mixels series 3 building competition

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Mixels series 3 have been out for a couple of weeks now so it's time to launch our third Mixels building competition! Once again, we have some fantastic prizes lined up: First prize: 4000010 LEGO House, 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid and 5001121 BR minifigure Second prize: 4000010 LEGO House Third prize: 5002144 Dareth vs. Nindroid, 5001121 BR minifigure plus a handful of other polybags. In...

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Free LEGO with the Mail starting this weekend

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The Daily Mail website has today confirmed that the free LEGO promotion starts this weekend. "...on Saturday they can help Wyldstyle battle one of evil Lord Business’ Micro Mangers from THE LEGO MOVIE. Then on Sunday they can join Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Mikey as he raises some shell’s with his turtle power. "And there’s another fabulous FREE LEGO toy every...

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Free tickets for BrickCon

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Our friends over at Chowren Toys have some tickets to give away: "As a GOLD sponsor of this year's BrickCon, we are giving away 20 FREE pairs of tickets to the Public Exhibit at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. The tickets also include free First Class Mail shipping within the United States. "The tickets are good for October 4th from 10am to 4pm or October 5th from 9am to 3pm....

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Review: Shell/Ferrari tanker, garage, finish line

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To conclude my review of the new Shell/Ferrari polybags, I'll take a look at the tanker, the garage and the finish line. These are currently available in Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau and we can exclusively reveal that it's 'highly likely' that the promotion will begin in the UK in November, in the run-up to Christmas. More information will follow when we have it. 40196 Shell...

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LEGO horror icons return

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Here's a press release from our friends over at Minifigs.me: Do you know what your LEGO is up to in the night? Are you sure all your little minifigs are behaving themselves? Custom LEGO makers Minifigs.me are hoping to add a little jeopardy to your toy-chest with their second series of custom-printed horror minifigures, depicting seven more iconic horror characters. With names like ‘Pincushion’,...

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NYCC competition winners

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We asked 'Which LEGO brand store is not in New York?' The answer was B, Fairview Mall, which is in Toronto. Five lucky winners will receive a ticket to the NYCC opening day, October 9th, to hear for themselves what LEGO is revealing at the show. The winners are... Will D'Angelo, Jon Costantini, David B, Joshua Kent, Brendan Sussman. Congratulations, I'll be in touch for...

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Great Western Brick Show, Swindon, 4-5 October

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The Great Western Brick Show (the show formerly known as the Great Western LEGO Show) is fast approaching: it's now just three weekends away. Once again we will be producing name badges to facilitate recognition of fellow Brickset members. If you're going and would like one, please complete this form by next Tuesday, 23rd September. I'll be there both days this year but won't...

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LEGO to unveil something special this Friday

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LEGO has tweeted (and posted to Instagram and Facebook) an image of a countdown stating that something exciting will be revealed this coming Friday. They've also emphasised that this is "HUGE" news, so maybe that's a hint? Maybe tomorrow we'll get another update with the countdown. What do you think this reveal will be? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments below! Spoiler...

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Review: Shell/Ferrari sets

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An anonymous benefactor has provided us with a set of the new Shell/Ferrari sets to review. I'll take a look at the four cars today, then the garage, finish line and petrol tanker tomorrow. The sets are currently available in Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau, I believe. There are rumours they'll hit the Netherlands, where Shell has its headquarters, in the next month or so. The seven...

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The Hobbit sets in stores already

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Attack on Lake-town

Flickr user mwheithoff has posted pictures of all four of this year's Hobbit sets acquired, I believe, from Toys R Us in the USA. There was an embargo on posting images until the middle of October but, well, now they are in the wild, that's not really enforceable, is it. Whether they should be on the shelves already is another matter, one for LEGO to take up with TRU :) Anyway, mwheithoff...

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An Interesting Idea: Pictorial Map of Europe

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This was one of the more noteworthy weeks for Ideas and there was a lot of fascinating projects to choose from: a record store, a dragon, a few classic cars, and a painting re-imagined all stood out as intriguing concepts. While all excellent, this week my favorite project was the Pictorial Map of Europe. It is a great example of a "utility build" done well. I don't really have...

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