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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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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Classic LEGO sets: Town cars

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We resume our series of articles on classic LEGO sets with this one written by Wouter about classic Town cars: I'm WoutStopmotion, a TFOL from the Netherlands. Despite being born after a lot of Town sets were released, I still favour older LEGO rather than newer LEGO. The sets were simpler back then, using the bricks there were. There weren't a million brick colours, nor bricks wouldn't...

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Review: 10245 Santa's Workshop

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The unveiling of the latest Winter Village set has become an anticipated annual event. Ever since the release of Set 10199 Winter Village Toy Shop back in 2009, LEGO have released a further set in the series each and every year. This year’s offering is Set 10245 Santa's Workshop, and thanks to the LEGO Community Engagement & Events (CEE) Team, we’ve managed to get our hands on a...

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LEGO Marble Maze Navigating to the Exit

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I am very happy to say that the LEGO Marble Maze is less than 250 support from the 10,000 mark.  Due to the novel play aspect and its ability to give any LEGO builder an innovative building experienc, I see this as one of those rare brand-less ideas (no strong IP) that really stands out as a marketable idea. With the Maze moving into the post 10k phase, the top 10 brand-less projects are: Piano The...

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The latest Shell promotion

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One of the most exciting stories to break whilst I was away was the news that another Shell/Ferrari/LEGO promotion has started in the far east featuring seven polybags. The last promotion, which also featured seven sets, started in Hong Kong in August 2012 and has only just reached Germany. However I suspect that if they haven't appeared in your country yet they probably won't....

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BRICKSUR, Spain, 11-13 Otcober

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BRICKSUR is an exhibition organised by fans of LEGO from HispaLUG, the Spanish community of LEGO fans. It will take place at the Centro Comercial ALHSUR, Granada, 11-13th October (open 10am-10pm Sat/Sun and 10am-3pm Monday). The exhibition contains thousands of bricks that come alive in buildings made by members from HispaLUG and...

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Brick Event, Australia, 20-21 September

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Brick Events and members from QLUG based in Queensland Australia are holding an event over the weekend of 20-21 September at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach Qld 4218, opening hours for entry will be Saturday 9AM to 4.30PM and Sunday 9AM to 3.30PM. The Gold Coast Brick Event will be the biggest event held so far and will feature...

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Book Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side

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The latest addition to DK Publishing's Star Wars line-up is the hotly anticipated LEGO Star Wars: The Dark Side. Information about this book has trickled in during the last couple of months, and there was some conjecture for a period concerning what the exclusive Minifigure might be. The reveal of Emperor Palpatine was met with trepidation by some as this is the first version of the character...

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An Interesting Idea: Formula SPACE!

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This last week in Ideas, many were enthralled with the "Pathfinder" Recon Walker but I think a lot of people overlooked what turns out to be an excellent offering: Formula SPACE! In my experience, people tend to gloss over the projects that are not made of real brick, or photo rendered and statistically, I can't blame them.  I find this project, however, to be one of the rare...

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