SDCC News Update

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LEGO has published details of it's largest presence ever at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2014. 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 exclusive...

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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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The Tumbler press release

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The Tumbler

This just in, a shorter than usual press release for The Tumbler: 76023 The Tumbler, Ages 16+.  1,869 pieces. Build the awesome Tumbler from the Batman The Dark Knight Trilogy! US $199.99 - CA $229.99 - DE 199.99€ - UK £159.99 - DK 1699.00 DKK Take on the challenge of building The Tumbler, an amazingly cool LEGO model of the iconic vehicle from the Batman The...

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Neo-Classic Space MOC Contest

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There's a building competition being organised in the forum that has just over a week to run, so I must apologise for not mentioning it here until now. Organiser TheOneVeyronian writes: "all you have to do is build a model of 338 pieces or less that will fit within the general theme of Classic Space (or Neo-Classic Space). You can do mechs, robots, spaceships, space bases, microscale,...

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Everything is awesome today

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The LEGO Movie is released in the UK today. Three editions are available (DVD, Blu-Ray, Bly-Ray+3d) which can be ordered from Amazon.co.uk. There's no sign of the 'Everything is Awesome' edition, though. Some sites are speculating that it might turn up as a retailer exclusive somewhere but I would have thought they'd be advertising it pretty heavily by now if...

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The Ninjago: The Visual Dictionary cover minifigure is...

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...probably going to be a disappointment for Ninjago fans hoping for a new and exclusive minifig.  The book, due for publication in October, will come with 'Zane Rebooted' (BrickLink njo099) which also comes in 70726 Destructoid. I am told that "Zane’s robes are wrapped with a silver sash and feature an ice element symbol surrounded by pulsing...

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Fairy Bricks charity raffle: last day to buy tickets

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Today is the last day that tickets for this year's Fairy Bricks charity raffle are on sale. SirKev tells me that over £5000 has been raised so far which is a fantastic achievement but I'm sure that with one last push that can be increased significantly. The list of prizes is impressive and includes some money-can't-buy items so if you haven't done so yet,...

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An Interesting Idea: Laputa Robot Update

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One of the great challenges that existed in Cuusoo was to inform potential supporters when you updated your project with a significant improvement.  This is proving even more difficult in LEGO Ideas where you can't alter your main project page.  People actually have to click through the updates to see any additional images or improvements you have added.  More than ever you need...

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UCS Tumbler confirmed

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USA Today has just published an article that confirms the release of the much-rumoured UCS Tumbler in September: "A LEGO Tumbler, the Caped Crusader's black armored vehicle of choice in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movie trilogy, will be on display at Comic-Con this week beginning Wednesday. Following the pop-culture convention, which runs through July 27, the...

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Custom Translucent Figures

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Jared Burks, the custom figure guru has produced a series of translucent figures. I know from scores of Ideas projects (especially for Jedi Spirits) that trans-figs are definitely something fans are looking for. Jared's design has amalgamated the head, torso, and hips into one element for a more pleasing appearance.  Personally I was uncertain that trans-on-trans figure joints could...

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Classic LEGO sets: Expert Builder Technical Sets, part 1

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Car Chassis

Car Chassis

©1977 LEGO Group

Here's another article in our classic LEGO sets series written by TechnicNick: When launched in 1977, Technic had a slightly clumsy name, but the concept was sound. The second attempt by LEGO at tempting teenage builders, after the Hobby sets that I covered in my previous article, was a considerable success and the early sets were a significant departure for LEGO. Here were...

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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:Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 1 (08 Jul, 25111 views)Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 3 (09 Jul, 14832 views)Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 2 (08 Jul, 12613 views)Review: Minifig display frame (18 Jul, 7444 views)Classic LEGO Sets: Hobby Sets (11 Jul, 6323 views)LEGO SDCC 2014 exclusive announced... (16 Jul, 6217 views)Mixels...

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Exo-Suit signing at Bluewater, next Saturday

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Peter Reid, creator of the LEGO Ideas Exo-Suit, will be signing boxes at the LEGO brand store in Bluewater, Kent, UK, next Saturday 26th July from 12-4pm and you'll be able to buy the set week a before it's generally available. I am planning on going and it would great if a posse of Bricksetters descended on the event to show Pete our appreciation. If...

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Review: 40109 mini MINI Cooper

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40109 mini MINI Cooper is currently free with purchases of 10242 maxi MINI Cooper from shop.LEGO.com and brand stores. It will also be free with all purchases over a certain threshold in August. For a 60-piece set, it's a good representation but it's not without its faults. In fact I think it's surprising just how much like a Mini it does look considering it's very square...

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Another SDCC Exclusive figure announced...

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The Hollywood Reporter has posted that the third of the four exclusive minifigures to be given away at SDCC 2014 will be Bard the Bowman from The Hobbit. It's pictured to the right alongside a human sized model of Smaug the dragon, also from The Hobbit, which will be on display at SDCC. The article also touches upon the method that will be used to give away these figures - the badges of...

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Want personalised number plates for your MINI?

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Here's a great idea that I've just seen on Twitter: minifigs.me is producing custom number plates suitable for the Mini, or for any other vehicle for that matter. You can pick from various sizes of tile including 1x4, and for £3.99, you'll receive two white and two yellow ones printed with the registration of your choosing.  It looks as if only UK-style plates are available...

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Review: Minifig display frame

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If you have Blocks magazine, you'll have seen the instructions for creating a minifig display frame from an Ikea Ribba frame and I suspect you also noticed the legoframes.co.uk advert on the inside back page who'll make them for you. Having been on the lookout for something like this for some time, I ordered one and have now had a chance to fill it and and hang it on the wall. They...

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MINI Cooper now available to VIPs

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Mini Cooper MK VII

Shop.LEGO.com VIPs can now order the MINI Cooper and also receive a free 40109 mini MINI Cooper polybag. In Europe, you'll also get a free 30265 Worriz' Fire Bike, and in the USA, 5002127 Flashback Shredder. Please use these links to place your order, and in doing so help keep Brickset online: UK | USA | Canada | France | Germany If you...

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SDCC: Images of new items

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Yahoo Movies has posted images of several new items to be available/on display at Comic Con. The Star Wars Ghost (right), based on the Star Wars Rebels TV series, will as previously mentioned be available to purchase at SDCC for $39.99 and will be limited to 1000 items spread across 4 days. The Unikitty figure above, from The LEGO Movie will (presumably) be the second of the...

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