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:Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 1 (08 Jul, 25111 views)Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 3 (09 Jul, 14832 views)Review: 21109 Exo-Suit, part 2 (08 Jul, 12613 views)Review: Minifig display frame (18 Jul, 7444 views)Classic LEGO Sets: Hobby Sets (11 Jul, 6323 views)LEGO SDCC 2014 exclusive announced... (16 Jul, 6217 views)Mixels...

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Exo-Suit signing at Bluewater, next Saturday

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Peter Reid, creator of the LEGO Ideas Exo-Suit, will be signing boxes at the LEGO brand store in Bluewater, Kent, UK, next Saturday 26th July from 12-4pm and you'll be able to buy the set week a before it's generally available. I am planning on going and it would great if a posse of Bricksetters descended on the event to show Pete our appreciation. If...

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Review: 40109 mini MINI Cooper

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40109 mini MINI Cooper is currently free with purchases of 10242 maxi MINI Cooper from shop.LEGO.com and brand stores. It will also be free with all purchases over a certain threshold in August. For a 60-piece set, it's a good representation but it's not without its faults. In fact I think it's surprising just how much like a Mini it does look considering it's very square...

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Another SDCC Exclusive figure announced...

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The Hollywood Reporter has posted that the third of the four exclusive minifigures to be given away at SDCC 2014 will be Bard the Bowman from The Hobbit. It's pictured to the right alongside a human sized model of Smaug the dragon, also from The Hobbit, which will be on display at SDCC. The article also touches upon the method that will be used to give away these figures - the badges of...

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Want personalised number plates for your MINI?

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Here's a great idea that I've just seen on Twitter: minifigs.me is producing custom number plates suitable for the Mini, or for any other vehicle for that matter. You can pick from various sizes of tile including 1x4, and for £3.99, you'll receive two white and two yellow ones printed with the registration of your choosing.  It looks as if only UK-style plates are available...

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Review: Minifig display frame

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If you have Blocks magazine, you'll have seen the instructions for creating a minifig display frame from an Ikea Ribba frame and I suspect you also noticed the legoframes.co.uk advert on the inside back page who'll make them for you. Having been on the lookout for something like this for some time, I ordered one and have now had a chance to fill it and and hang it on the wall. They...

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MINI Cooper now available to VIPs

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Mini Cooper MK VII

Shop.LEGO.com VIPs can now order the MINI Cooper and also receive a free 40109 mini MINI Cooper polybag. In Europe, you'll also get a free 30265 Worriz' Fire Bike, and in the USA, 5002127 Flashback Shredder. Please use these links to place your order, and in doing so help keep Brickset online: UK | USA | Canada | France | Germany If you...

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SDCC: Images of new items

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Yahoo Movies has posted images of several new items to be available/on display at Comic Con. The Star Wars Ghost (right), based on the Star Wars Rebels TV series, will as previously mentioned be available to purchase at SDCC for $39.99 and will be limited to 1000 items spread across 4 days. The Unikitty figure above, from The LEGO Movie will (presumably) be the second of the...

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More SDCC News

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The Wall Street Journal has posted more information regarding the LEGO SDCC Exclusives this year. There will be four exclusive minifigures given away, one of which will be 'The Collector' from Guardians of the Galaxy (pictured). The article also mentions that LEGO will announce more than 20 different exclusive items - including limited edition sets and life size display models for film...

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Benny's Spaceship 20% off at Amazon

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Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!

Decent discounts on the latest batch of LEGO Movie sets have been few and far between but today Amazon.co.uk has reduced the price of Benny's Spaceship by 20%, making it £64 rather than £80.  (Thanks jscutt for the news) It hasn't hit the magical 30% that triggers our alerts yet, but then, not much has recently. So far this year has been disappointing for Amazon...

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LEGO SDCC 2014 exclusive announced...

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The Wall Street Journal has unveiled an exclusive set to be available from LEGO at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) this year. Entitled Rocket’s Warbird, it features Rocket Raccoon and his spacecraft Warbird. It contains 145-pieces and will cost USD $39.99. I'm not familiar with the subject matter so can't really comment, but what do you think of it? Do you hope to pick up a copy? If...

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New Ideas sets images published

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LEGO has published official images of 21109 Exo-Suit and 21110 Research Centre on its server in preparation for them being sold at shop.LEGO.com. Check them out on the set detail pages 'More images' tab. In other new set news, a new Arctic 'battle pack' has been found in US brand stores. Priced at $14.99, 850932 features two Arctic minifigs, a tent and various supplies....

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SmartBrick remote control needs your support on KickStarter

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LEGO related projects are appearing on crowd-funding platform KickStarter with increasing frequency these days. It's a great way to seek funding to provide something niche to the hobby that LEGO would never do itself. SmartBrick is one such project: "SmartBrick is the next level in remote controlling your LEGO. Build more, play more, like never before. "This tiny brick of goodness...

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UCS AT-AT Approaches 10k

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The UCS All Terrain Armoured Transport is right on the precipice of 10,000 support. It is a gorgeous model of a Star Wars classic with incredible attention to detail. I am glad to see this project reach the review stage, but, like the Sandcrawler, chances are assumed to be very low for this model to reach production, at least through the Ideas platform. Thank you to "Cavegod" for...

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Reminder: Brickfête Toronto, this weekend

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Brickfête Toronto 2014, a LEGO Fan Festival for the whole family, will be held  Saturday and Sunday July 19-20, 10am to 3pm at Delta Toronto East. Tickets are available online. Exclusive tours and VIP access is available on the Friday, check the website for more information. What will we see at the event? Amazing, jaw dropping, outstanding LEGO creations...

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Legends Of Chima Season 1, Part 2 DVD review

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Fresh on the heels of our Legends of Chima DVD giveaway was its official retail release on Tuesday. Titled "Chi, Tribes, and Betrayals", the disc comprises the second half of the first season -- 10 episodes which originally aired on the Cartoon Network from September to December of 2013. I was given a copy for review, so without further ado, let's have a look! Packaging: The...

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Mixels competition winners

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The fantastic standard and high number of entries has made the judging very difficult, but after much deliberation the panel of 6 judges has made their decision... First place So, in first place, winner of Benny's Spaceship, is Captain Flex by Nicolas Bossons:   The judges said:  I love Captain Flex because he has so much character and I like how the builder...

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Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game - Pre-order free gifts announced

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Warner Bros have today announced the free gifts due to be given away with pre-orders of the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game, due out later this year. Unusually there will be several different items available from different retailers this time: Amazon – LEGO Batgirl Keychain Best Buy – LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Digital Comic Book GameStop – LEGO Plastic...

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Chima DVD winners

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The five winners of the Legends of Chima DVD are: Rene Sarreal, Jeremiah Tabatt, Noah Carpenter, Zachary Allen Wathen, Rob Casteel Congratulations, I'll be in touch to get your addresses. The correct answer was of course, B: hippos have not yet featured in a Chima set, ravens and spiders have. BTW, I'm just waiting on one of the judges...

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