Great Western Brick Show, this weekend

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The Great Western Brick Show takes place at the STEAM museum, Swindon, this weekend. Myself, and many others from Brickset, will be there. I'll probably be on the Blocks magazine stand for some of the time so if you're visiting come and say hello. If you requested a Brickset name badge you can collect it from the admin area just inside the main hall. If you haven't already done so,...

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BrickFanatics launches forum

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RIchard over at BrickFanatics has just launched a new LEGO forum. Richard says "I feel [that] for the website to continue to grow we need to interact more with our readership, plus with the impending re-launch of the Amabassador programme, we felt to be classed as an online LUG we require somewhere for you guys to post your views and opinions." It's a phpBB-based system which are popular...

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2015 Disney Princess images

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Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle

just2good has now published a video with images of next year's Disney Princess sets. The big news here, of course, is the Frozen set 41062 Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle, which contains Elsa, Anna and Olaf, the snowman. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that Frozen was, unexpectedly, a hugely successful movie. Many toy manufacturers and retailers, who had presumably dismissed it as...

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Cool set of printed DUPLO bricks to be available in new NY store

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To commemorate the opening of the new brand store on 5th Avenue, in the Flatiron district of New York city, this set of printed DUPLO bricks will be available over the grand opening weekend then one at a time over a four week period. Perhaps someone from NY can tell us the significance of the pictures: I guess they are showing the different uses of the area over time but don't know for sure. The...

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Shell promotion hits the Netherlands

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The new set of seven Shell/Ferrari sets is now available in the Netherlands. Here's a bad Google translation of the salient information at Shell.nl: "The LEGO models are on sale for € 2.50 at 20 liter of Shell, Shell Helix or two soft drinks or two fresh rolls. "The LEGO models are also available for 500 Air Miles or € 5, - per model, except for the Shell truck, which...

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Response to survey comments, continued...

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In part one, I responded to comments about the news, reviews and the forum. Now I will turn my attention to site's design, the database and functionality. Design I love the new design / I preferred the old one -- bring it back! The vast majority of comments about the design praised the new one although there were still a few people that said they preferred the old. It's not clear...

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2015 Technic images

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Arctic Truck

Arctic Truck

©2015 LEGO Group

just2good has released images of first-half-of-2015 Technic sets in video form, or you can view them here in the database if you prefer. They look to be a mixture of 'more of the same' (race truck, quad bike and loader), innovative (Arctic truck and 24hr race car), and the 'can't have too many of' (motorcycle). ...

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Santa's Workshop available now, and double VIP points

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Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop is now available at shop.LEGO.com to everyone. And, during October, you will enjoy double VIP points on all purchases which is the equivalent of 10% off. Furthermore, in USA and Canada you'll receive the first of two exclusive Christmas sets (40106 Elves' Workshop) with purchases over $99 for the whole of the month, too. In Europe we have to wait a little longer before...

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Speed Champions images

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Ferrari F150

Images of the Racers replacement theme Speed Champions sets emerged overnight in another video posted by just2good. It seems they are all minifig-scale and feature a plethora of new parts -- windshields, mudguards, wheels, new curved plates and probably much more besides. They are also plastered in stickers. Meiko has posted an article on Brickipedia comparing the models to the real vehicles...

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2015 DC Super Heroes sets

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Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas

just2good continues his series of 2015 official image reveals today with a video of the upcoming DC Universe sets. The focus for next year seems to be Justice League, which is pretty cool since it gives us some nice new figures and pieces. Not only are we getting new big-figures of Gorilla Grodd and Darkseid but we also see new figures such as Black Manta, Cyborg, and many more. I haven't managed...

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Response to survey comments

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Our recent user survey generated over 1000 comments so it's been a bit of a challenge going through them and working out how best to respond. In the end I drew a mind-map which I hope has captured the points raised. In this article I'll list the main points and reply to each of them. The comments can be broadly divided into 6 categories: news, reviews, the forum, site functionality,...

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2015 Bionicle set images

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Tahu Master of Fire

Following his LEGO Movie video, just2good has uploaded a video showing finalized images of 2015's Bionicle sets. Definitely some good improvements over what we saw in earlier leaks. Doesn't look like there are final pictures of the "Protector" sets (presumably 2015's Matoran) though. Hopefully we'll see those soon, but for now it's great to see the final images of the...

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2015 DUPLO sets

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Princess Collection

Brickipedia has posted a list with official images of the Duplo set line-up for 2015. The Sofia the First sets seem to be a new license, and they also seem to have thrown in every Disney princess they could in 10596. There also seems to be a ridiculously oversized milk bottle in 10585. Of course Duplo isn't as interesting as other themes so stay tuned for more new set images! ...

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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:LEGO to unveil something special this Friday (15 Sep, 20838 views)75050 B-Wing - The most interesting set in the world... (19 Sep, 13364 views)Classic LEGO sets: Bionicle (19 Sep, 8312 views)The Hobbit sets in stores already (15 Sep, 8275 views)Review: Shell/Ferrari sets (15 Sep, 7176 views)42024 Container Truck: the perfect...

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Classic LEGO sets: Eateries

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Breezeway Café

Here is another article in our classic LEGO series contributed by The Toymaker: Classic Lego Town was known for many things, but one thing it wasn’t famous for, was haute cuisine. The inhabitants had very few options for eating out amidst the daily bustle of refuelling their vehicles, windsurfing and watching motor racing. 1589: Main Street The very first eatery in Classic Town...

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Is LEGO a victim of its own success?

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Several Canadian websites (Huffington Post, Toronto Star) have today reported that there's a 'shortage of LEGO' in the country and many independent retailers have had orders cancelled or reduced. The success of The LEGO Movie has been partly to blame, apparently. Clearly this is not good news for the shops affected given the likely demand for LEGO in the run-up to Christmas and the effect...

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LEGO publishes Bionicle artwork

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LEGO has just published more Bionicle artwork onto the social networks. No sign of actual sets yet, just concept drawings of masks, but nevertheless they do look quite cool. Here's a link to the gallery on Facebook. Thanks to bionicle212 for the news. ...

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Great Western Brick Show next weekend

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The biggest and most established event in the UK LEGO calendar takes place at Swindon next weekend. This year SwindonWeb will be broadcasting a live video stream from the show on the Saturday afternoon so if you can't be there in person you can at least get a feel for what it's like. Here's their promo video for the event: For more details and information on tickets, etc....

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