New Brand Store model on the way

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LEGO Brand Retail Store

Instructions for a new LEGO Brand Store model, 40145, have been found on the LEGO Customer Services site by Brick Builder. I'm guessing that it will be used for brand store openings from next year (it states (c) 2015 on the back), replacing the current one, which has been around since 2012. Check out the image from the back of the instructions that shows interior details after the break. ...

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BrickUniverse, Raleigh, NC, March 2015

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BrickUniverse 2015, a convention for LEGO fans of all ages is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Raleigh Convention Center on March 26, 27, 28, and 29 with public days being on the 28th and 29th. Show off your awesome creations. Try your luck and earn free LEGO in the drawings. Test your skills and win in various games. Learn more about the bricks in seminars. Hang out with...

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A new LEGO Batman movie in the works...

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The Hollywood Reporter has just revealed that the character of LEGO Batman from The LEGO Movie is to get his own on-screen spin-off. Warner has also reserved several slots over the next few years for more LEGO films. The Ninjago film is scheduled for 23rd September 2016, while the date of 26th May 2017, which had previously been allocated to The LEGO Movie's sequel, is now likely to be used...

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Classic LEGO: Bionicle history

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©2001 LEGO Group

A month ago, when the return of Bionicle was announced, we published a classic LEGO article on Bionicle written by GreenNinjaCP. Now, the day after the sets have been unveiled, we have another one for you, written by regular contributor SprinkleOtter: With the return of Bionicle just around the corner, I will be writing a series of articles for Brickset, to share the rich history of Bionicle...

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NYCC LEGO panel about to begin

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Our man at the show, TheLegoChronicler, has sent us a couple of images from NYCC. As you can see the booth is totally devoted to Bionicle so those hoping that something more exciting was going to be revealed are likely to be out of luck. Post-presentation update from TheLegoChronicler: Available January 1st. It's a reboot, not a continuation. Not all toa will be same price point;...

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Brick Loot: goody boxes by monthly subscription

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We're always happy to help promote LEGO-related small businesses so I was intrigued by an email I received this morning about a new company called Brick Loot which is "a monthly box subscription company geared towards LEGO and BRICK Lovers! Get a surprise box delivered monthly filled with BRICKTASTIC FUN!" I think the basic idea is that you pay a subscription and receive a box full...

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The 2014 Auckland Brick Show, 25-27 October

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The Auckland LEGO User Group presents the largest private LEGO display in New Zealand. With special guest "The Brickman" Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional and his huge 4m long LEGO Love Boat! Come and see a huge display of millions of LEGO pieces built as Trains, Boats, Planes, Castles, Star Wars, Technics, Classic Space and more. ?New and second hand...

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It's official: LEGO Jurassic World sets due next year

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Yesterday, Universal announced that the LEGO group is a licensing partner for next year's Jurassic World movie: UNIVERSAL PARTNERSHIPS & LICENSING BUILDS GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LEGO GROUP AS MAJOR TOY LICENSEE ON JURASSIC WORLD LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 7, 2014—Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) today announced that The LEGO Group will create original LEGO products...

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New images of Minecraft sets

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Russian toy shop Mir Kubikov (a chain of franchised LEGO stores) has published new pictures of the forthcoming minifig-scale Minecraft sets, including out-of-the-box and of the minifigs. They are not the largest but you'll get a good impression as to whether the sets are for you or not. There are, however, larger images of the boxes in this news article on the site, which I've added to the...

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New Christmas products from minifigs.me

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If you're looking for something different to give the LEGO fan who has everything this Christmas, minifigs.me's selection of seasonal items might fit the bill. Nick and Caroline have produced some excellent custom printed minifigs and tiles, including 'Bad Santa', 'Pantsaclaus' and embarrassing jumper minifigs, and a range of tiles printed with letters to Santa, Christmas...

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Rocket Raccoon polybag turns up in TRU

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Rocket Raccoon

This Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon polybag has been spotted on eBay from a Canadian seller. It's labelled as a Toys R Us exclusive so presumably it's been found in a TRU in Canada already and might turn up in other countries in due course. The minifig is the same as that in the SDCC exclusive Rocket Racoon's Warbird so its appearance in this polybag will be good news for collectors...

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2015 Friends sets

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Heartlake Lighthouse

Images of next year's Friends sets emerged last night after my bedtime. After their jungle adventure the girls are back in Heartlake City looking after animals, running pizzerias and getting their hair done. The stand-out set is definitely the lighthouse, although where in the world do they paint their lighthouses white and pink? The hot air balloon is an interesting concept but the balloon...

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Blocks announces Chris Pearce is joining the editorial team

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Chris is one of few LEGO fans not to have experienced a dark age – he’s been playing with LEGO for his entire life and hasn’t taken his foot off the gas for a moment. As licensed themes came into LEGO, so did he, so he’s grown up with them in addition to the much loved standard Castle and City sets. To this day, licensed themes including Star Wars, Super Heroes and Lord of...

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Review: 21110 Research Institute

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A second batch of Research Institutes has just made its way into brand stores so now would seem like a good time to post a review, written by guest reviewer FlagsNZ: This set was almost a complete sell out within days of being released in August. I have felt that a set review was overdue and I hope that I can write an objective appraisal for a set that created quite a bit of discussion during the...

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2015 Elves sets

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Naida's Epic Adventure Ship

Overnight, images of four sets from the new theme for 2015, Elves, emerged, courtesy of just2good. This is the third range of sets to feature minidolls which suggests that, despite what we AFOLs who'd rather have minifigs think of them, they are popular with the target audience. While they will not be to everyone's taste it looks as if, like other minidoll sets, they are chock-full of...

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Changes to news articles

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I've made a few tweaks to news article publication in response to the survey: The weekly round-up is now in its own category so if you don't want to see them you can remove the category from your news preferences page. It's now possible to remove all the news categories from that page, including the 'Brickset' category, so if you don't want to read anything I write,...

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Mixels competition update

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Our series three build-an-alternative 'Max' Mixel competition is in full swing: you still have just under two weeks to enter, until 19th October. Read the rules and how to do so. The judges this time will be myself, DrDaveWatford (GimmeLEGO), Caperberry (New Elementary), SirKevbags (Fairy Bricks), Lucy (LostInTranslation), Rocao and new recruit GreenNinjaCP (Mixels Wiki). There have been...

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2015 Creator sets

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Finally, we've beaten just2good to a 2015 image reveal :) Images of four of next year's Creator sets have turned up at the back of a PDF instruction manual: a go-kart, a parrot, a dragon and a car transporter. I'm a fan of Creator animals so it's great to see that we'll be getting at least two new ones next year. The parrot looks great, doesn't it... Thanks Brick Builder...

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