Mirkwood Elf Guard, last few days

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Chowren Toys' current offer for Brickset readers, $3.99 each for the 30212 Mirkwood Elf Guard polybag, ends on Sunday. Jason has just been in touch to say that out of the 5000 he had, there are less than 1000 left, so get in quick if you want some! Here's the original announcement about them: "A few months back we heard about the Mirkwood Elf Guard being offered at some US retail...

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Series 4 Mixels images, at last

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I've just read over on French site Hoth Bricks that our favourite German toy shop website has just published pictures of Speed Champions sets. Whilst checking them out I noticed that they have also added images of series 4 Mixels. We can now see exactly what the white and lime green Orbitronz, Infernites v2 and the dark blue and glow-in-the-dark Glowkies look like! And I have to say, I like...

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New No Starch Press books: Mindstorms and Technic

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A couple of weeks ago I reviewed two new LEGO books published by No Starch Press. Today I will take a look at two more: Incredible LEGO Technic by Pawel 'Sariel' Kmiec and The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book by Yoshihito Isogawa. All four books are listed at Amazon as being released at the end of November and can be pre-ordered now. Incredible LEGO Technic Pawel's second No Starch...

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Natural History Museum Reaches 10,000

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The Natural History Museum has just reached 10,000 supporters. Despite the frequency with which even very high quality "City"-esqe Modulars are published to Ideas, the Natural History Museum is the first to be applicable for review, which is quite an accomplishment indeed. To be sure, we have had several licensed ones and, of course, the Western Themed Modulars, but this is the first...

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Black Friday Deals

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LEGO has just posted information about the deals that will be available in the UK from Brick (Black) Friday to Cyber Monday at the end of the month (28th November - 1st December). Spend £25 or more and get a free exclusive 2015 calendar! Pick it up in January! Only available at your local LEGO Store! Spend £50 or more and get a free exclusive Christmas set. Spend £100 or...

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Railbricks building competition

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Firstly I must apologise for being a little late in posting this, although there's still a month left before the closing date so you have plenty of time to get organised... RAILBRICKS SET DESIGN CONTEST! Still don't have a copy of the 2014 LEGO City train sets? The LEGO Group and RAILBRICKS are teaming up to help you complete your collection! From now until December 15th, submit your...

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Another historic touchdown

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Here's the latest news from the Blocks team: "Another historic touchdown has occurred this week: as of today all our American friends can join in the Blocks fun as Barnes and Noble stock their shelves with Issue 1 of Blocks. "Not wanting to leave anyone out it was always our intention to get Blocks distributed to the other side of the Atlantic and finally that dream has come true...

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LEGO Movie 2 'will feature more female characters'

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wrote and directed The LEGO Movie, have told the BBC, in an article published yesterday, that they will create more female role models for the sequel, perhaps as a result of the success of Frozen: "You can feel that the whole movie culture is now starting to wake up to the fact that half the audience are women," Lord said. "Frozen is reflective...

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Four things you never knew about LEGO…

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Here is another article on the early years of LEGO history written by Gary Istok: In doing my 7 years of research on LEGO sets and parts, I have uncovered many LEGO secrets that have been obscured by the corrosive effect of time, as well as gleaned from the sparse archival information kept by the company over the years. Some of this nearly lost information has been obtained via discussions with...

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Tags update

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There's not much news about at the moment so it's lucky I have tags to keep writing about :) There are now over 850 tags which have been applied some 7500 times. The moderators will continue to weed out unwanted ones and merge duplicates and also lock some sets so that no more tags can be added once it's felt that everything sensible that can be tagged about the set has been. I've...

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Tags adding reinstated

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Since I made changes to the way tags are retrieved yesterday, database performance has improved so I have reinstated the 'add tags' link. I've also changed the colour of them slightly: press ctrl-F5 to get the latest stylesheet if they look the same as before. Myself, CapnRex101, Matthew and others will be moderating them and removing inappropriate ones. To make our job easier, once...

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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:More 2015 images (05 Nov, 16873 views)CMF series 13 list (04 Nov, 12578 views)Classic LEGO sets: airports, planes and air travel, part 1 (31 Oct, 8679 views)Mixels competition winners (28 Oct, 8257 views)Own a rare Hobbit acrylic brick (26 Oct, 7170 views)LEGO Ideas Results (07 Nov, 7078 views)BRICKRACK LEGO display system...

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Tags update

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Thank you all for adding tags to sets. There are now nearly 700 tags which have been applied some 7000 times. Most are good but a few are pretty much superfluous or duplicates so we'll be weeding them out in the next few days. Unfortunately, they have had a detrimental impact on the performance of the main database stored procedure that retrieves set lists and some queries are taking over 10...

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November offer from Chowren Toys

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Jason at Chowren has another great offer lined up for you this month: "A few months back we heard about the Mirkwood Elf Guard being offered at some US retail stores for $3.99. We thought how great it would be if we could offer the same deal to everyone. Well, it took us some time to get the quantity together, but we are happy to announce that our November 2014 Brickset promo is $3.99 each...

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LEGO Ideas Results

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The results of the latest LEGO Ideas review have just been posted. Interestingly, two sets will be produced from this review period, which will be Birds and the Big Bang Theory. We are also informed that LEGO are still 'considering' the Doctor Who sets, which sounds to me like they are pretty likely to be announced at a later date. You can see the video below, and there's a discussion...

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Tags: a new way to search the database

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Today, I have introduced a feature to the site that is long overdue: set tags. Tags can now be assigned to sets which will make them easier to find, and easier to view lists of related sets. In essence, this is an extension of the current 'tags' in the database for theme, sub theme and year, the difference being that sets can have an unlimited number of tags and they are assigned by you:...

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