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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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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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:75060 UCS Slave I pictures revealed (02 Sep, 43278 views)Review of 71007 Series 12 Minifigures (01 Sep, 12700 views)Bricktober sets revealed (04 Sep, 12551 views)Review: 10245 Santa's Workshop (11 Sep, 11125 views)Mixels Series 3: Glorp Corp (01 Sep, 6781 views)Helicarrier Taking Off and Speculation on Review Contenders...

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Review: 41049 Panda's Bamboo

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To conclude my survey of the new Friends Animals series 6 sets, here's a quick look at the third one, 41049 Panda's Bamboo, which like all the others, contains an animal and a small habitat. The animal in this one is of course a panda. It's not exclusive to this set, but buying this set is the cheapest way to acquire one. It also appears in 41038 Jungle Rescue Base along with a monkey,...

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Review: 75054 AT-AT

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There are few more iconic vehicles than the AT-AT, and it is therefore not at all surprising that LEGO have released yet another version of this mammoth vehicle. 75054 is the second largest of the Summer wave of LEGO Star Wars sets, priced at £109.99 or $109.99 and containing 1138-pieces. When images of this set initially emerged, I and many others were disappointed to see that it looked very...

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Blocks magazine pilot issue available again

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Due to the pilot issue selling out and the exclusive deal with WH Smiths ending, the Blocks team has been able to do a small re-run of the pilot issue with a limited edition cover. Primarily this edition has been produced for the Blocks stand at the Great Western Brick Show in Swindon in a couple of weeks, but due to demand they are selling a few copies through their website for those of you that...

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The 2014 Brickset user survey

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Every year we run a survey to find out what you think of the site and to gather suggestions on how it can be improved to better meet your needs. Now would seem like a good time to do so this year given that the new site design has been live for 7 months so you've all had time to get used to it, and with winter fast approaching I'll have a lot more time available to spend developing new features. So,...

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Review: 41048 Lion Cub's Savannah

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The second of the three Friends Animals series 6 sets features a lion cub in a tree. The lion cub part is not new though, having first appeared as an orange-brown tiger in series 4's 41042 Tiger's Beautiful Temple. An identical lion cub to this one is included in full-size Friends 41059 Jungle Tree Sanctuary. Nevertheless, if like me, the only Friends sets you buy are these Animals...

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Review: 41047 Seal's Little Rock

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Series 6 of the Friends Animals bags has reached the stores in the UK bringing us three more collectable scenes featuring new animals. I understand that series 5 has been difficult to find in North America so I don't know if that's a sign that they are not selling well and are thus not being distributed widely there. That's certainly not the case in the UK where they seem to fly off...

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