Blocks magazine spreads

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Just in case you're still on the fence about whether to buy or subscribe to the magazine, here are some sample spreads from the new issue: Subscribers have started to receive their copies today and it will be on the shelves of your local WHS/Sainsbury's/other good newsagents in the UK on Thursday. It will also be available in Barnes and Noble in the USA although you...

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An Interesting Idea: LEGO City 2080

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Perhaps LEGO Mecha are overplayed, especially within the LEGO Ideas project offerings, but I really dig the novel approach that Plumb is taking to their LEGO City 2080 campaign. These "blockhead bots" have this nice industrial feel and I like how the color formats work well to express the purpose of each. It is not exactly obvious from most of the pictures but the "box" on...

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Blocks Magazine issue 1: On sale next Thursday

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Issue one [*] of Blocks magazine hits the newsagents' shelves on Thursday next week. Here's what the cover will look like. We (the Blocks team) have been hard at work over the last few months working on it and I'm confident you'll enjoy it. If you haven't already subscribed, if you do so now you'll receive a limited edition minifigure of magazine editor Mark. Find out more...

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New feature: alternate builds

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As you probably know, Rebrickable is a site that shows you what models you can build -- both official and MOCs -- from parts in your collection. You can also hook up to it from here and keep your set collection in sync between the two sites. Anyway, Nathan at Rebrickable has recently provided a feature that exposes MOCs that can be built using parts from just one set and he and I thought it would...

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Classic LEGO Sets: Car and bike repair

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Here's another article on classic Town sets written by Matthew, The Toymaker: A few months ago, we looked at Classic LEGO Town Shell sets with its numerous iterations of filling stations, tow trucks and fuel tankers. Whilst Shell was undoubtedly the largest corporation in Classic Town, their dominance didn’t stop a burgeoning cottage industry in car and bike repair springing up to service...

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The Hobbit sets now available at shop.LEGO.com

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This year's four Hobbit sets are now available from shop.LEGO.com in all markets. Now is an ideal time to buy them, what with double VIP points (equivalent to 10% off) and a free 40106 Toy Workshop set, too. Click the appropriate link to check them out: UK | USA | Canada. ...

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Creations for Charity sale starts today

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The annual fundraising initiative to raise money to buy LEGO sets for underprivileged children has started today and we are happy to help promote it. From now until the end of November, you can buy custom LEGO creations which have been built and donated by fans. More will be added throughout the sale and if you'd like to donate a creation you can do so before November 15 by visiting creationsforcharity.org...

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Some Interesting Ideas: Concorde and Little Red Schoolhouse

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It has been two weeks since I have reported on new projects in LEGO Ideas so I bring you two picks. The first is the Concorde. This is an impressive build of an iconic aircraft and engineering marvel. I like how this project also includes the Bristol Olympus engine (not to scale with the aircraft) to add some variety to the building experience. The second build I would like to share is the...

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Free Toy Workshop from today

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If you've been holding off buying Santa's Workshop until the first of this year's free Christmas sets becomes available in UK and Europe, you need wait no more! From today, spend over £50 / €55 at shop.LEGO.com and you'll receive 40106 Toy Workshop for free. You'll also get double VIP points. Here are links to more details of the offer at shop.LEGO.com: UK | France...

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LEGO planning reality TV show

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According to The Guardian, "After The LEGO Movie, watch out for the LEGO reality TV show. The Danish toymaker is following the global success of its foray into Hollywood films with a move into TV next year." Jill Wilfert, LEGO vice-president of global licensing and distribution, says that LEGO is "exploring some reality competition show formats, which is new for us: the idea of becoming...

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Kickstarter for LEGO Compatible Breadboard

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Not exactly a ground breaking Kickstarter but at least that way you know it is almost guaranteed to deliver. Basically this Kickstarter is a circuit breadboard that can mount to LEGO compatible bricks. I know there are are lots of FOLs out there that like to integrate their passion for LEGO with Electronics as well as a lot of Tech types that like to use LEGO for the mechanical side of their...

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Change to set filtering

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One of the most commented on aspects of the new design in the recent survey concerned filtering, in particular the need to clear a filter before you could select another. In my response to the comments I described it as follows: "you're browsing 2014 sets. You change the theme to Agents. Then, if you want to look at 2014 Chima sets you need to clear the Agents filter before you can select...

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October offer at Chowren Toys

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Here's the latest offer from our friends over at Chowren Toys: "We have a Halloween theme for our October 2014 Brickset promo. $29.99 USD for Monster Fighters Set: 9464 The Vampyre Hearse. All the readers need do, is enter promo code 9464BRKSET at the check-out to receive this price. Please note this set is the second version which does not have the glow-in-the-dark sticker or paint. There...

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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:It's official: LEGO Jurassic World sets due next year (08 Oct, 19316 views)2015 The LEGO Movie sets (28 Sep, 13837 views)2015 Star Wars Sets (04 Oct, 12867 views)2015 City images (05 Oct, 11364 views)75060 UCS Slave I Revealed (04 Oct, 10566 views)LEGO ends Shell partnership following Greenpeace campaign (09 Oct, 9458...

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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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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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