Hobbit set images 'leak' from Mexican factory

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I was emailed images of three Hobbit sets (79015-7) from someone in Mexico last night. I suspect the images and/or the sets were acquired illegitimately from the factory there, so I wasn't going to add them here, but it seems that every other site has published them, so what the heck, they are now in the database. Update: We have removed them at the request of LEGO.   ...

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"Brick" Kickstarters closing out

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Just a quick reminder that three LEGO "compatible" kickstarters will be closing out very soon.  SBrick - Bluetooth adapter for your LEGO electronics (21 hours to go, target achieved). Brick-A-Pic - One stop site for making LEGO mosaics (21 hours to go, still needs $17,000). Treasure Bricks - A stacking storage solution (3 days to go, needs $5000). ...

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Review: 76023 The Tumbler, part 1

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This 1869-piece model of The Tumbler, revealed in a press release published a couple of weeks ago, will be available to VIPs next Monday for US$199.99 / £159.99 / 199.99€. We've been sent one to review ahead of its release. It arrived about an hour ago, so no, I haven't built it yet, but I have taken pictures of the box, parts and minifigures which I'll...

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Shell promotion hits Germany

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Better late than never I suppose... The Shell/Ferrari polybag promotion that started in the far east in 2012 has finally reached Germany. The sets will be available from Shell garages until the end of September. There's more information on the Shell.de website. via BrickTips.de. (Comments about Greenpeace will be deleted). ...

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Win a 1 year Minifigures Online membership

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The LEGO Minifigures Online Wiki team is running a competition with a prize of a year's membership of the game. All you have to do is capture an interesting screen shot in the Pirates area. Whilst on the subject, is anyone here continuing to play the game, and/or actually paying for it? I haven't touched it since I first played it and wrote this. That article prompted JoeFish to...

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New HERO Factory polybag

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Villains Minimodel

This new HERO Factory polybag has surfaced in an offer in Russia: Spend 1000 roubles on HERO Factory at Mir Kubikov and receive it free. I've no idea what it's called but the English translation of the description reads "...includes a monster with a huge mouth, venomous spines and claws, as well as a diver." Thanks LEGO AND LAND for the news ...

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It was all basic bricks in my day...

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Basic Souvenir Box

There have been a number of articles published in the Guardian recently written by lazy journalists making claims like "the Architecture Studio is the first LEGO set without instructions" and that, these days, an evil LEGO company is making "toys that limit development". The articles have been commented on by hundreds of people most of whom are equally ill-informed. Of...

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AFOL evening at LLDC Manchester

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester is holding another AFOL-only evening on 3rd September, 7-9pm. "Have you wanted to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre but don't have any little ones in your life? Are you crazy about LEGO and looking for people who share your passion? Well - here's your chance! Join us for an Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL) Evening. Join us for BRICK'tastic...

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Review: 8466 4x4 Off Roader

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What's the next number in this sequence: 853, 8860, 8865, 8880, 8448, ...?  They are the first five Technic 'super cars', sets that are revered by fans and spoken about in hushed tones. The first was released in 1977 and the last in 1999, but what happened to 'super cars' after that? In 2000, 8458 Silver Champion, the first of the 1:8 Formula 1 cars,...

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Rumoured list of 2015 Star Wars sets

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We are entering the time of year when retailers are shown next year's sets and get hold of lists and catalogues. As a result we can expect to see information leaked onto the Internet. We won't be showing any confidential images here and will only republish lists that appear elsewhere first.  The first such leak concerns, as usual, Star Wars:  a list of possible January...

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Classic LEGO sets: Technical Sets, part 2

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Mobile Crane

Mobile Crane

©1978 LEGO Group

Just in case we haven't published enough articles on Technic lately, here's part two of TechnicNick's look back at early sets from the 1970s: After the first year, the ‘Expert Builder’ tag was quietly dropped. Despite (slightly) easier to read instructions, you still needed to be on your toes... Having covered the initial 1977 releases, here are my picks of the subsequent...

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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:Exo-Suit available now! (01 Aug, 18732 views)Sticker horror (07 Aug, 8473 views)Santa's Workshop unveiled at Bricks by the Bay (09 Aug, 8194 views)Architecture Studio launch event report (01 Aug, 7917 views)Bionicle 2015 confirmed by LEGO Shop (31 Jul, 6372 views)New Ideas sets availability (08 Aug, 6363 views)Classic...

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Ninjago: Rebooted DVD review

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Part one of "Ninjago: Rebooted, Battle for New Ninjago City", the third season of the popular cartoon, was released on DVD earlier this week and Warner Bros. Entertainment provided me with a review copy to accompany the release. Packaging: Like the Legends of Chima DVD I reviewed last month, the Ninjago DVD is packaged in a flimsy "eco-case" that uses less plastic in order...

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Santa's Workshop unveiled at Bricks by the Bay

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Santa's Workshop

This year's exclusive Christmas set has just been unveiled at Bricks by the Bay in San Francisco, CA. Here's the press release: 10245 Santa’s Workshop, 883 Pieces US $69.99, CA $89.99, AU $119.99, DE 69.99€, UK £59.99, DK 649.00 DKK Have festive family fun building Santa’s Workshop! Enjoy the magic of Christmas with Santa’s...

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New Ideas sets availability

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Research Institute

A week ago today, Ideas sets 21109 Exo-Suit and 21110 Research Institute were launched. On the day I said about the Exo-Suit "I'm sure it won't sell out today, but chances are it will sell out quickly like the Mars Curiosity Rover did". It seems I was wrong. It DID sell out on the day, in a matter of hours. During the course of the week shipping dates...

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Blocks magazine announces second signing

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With the medical passed and contracts signed, Blocks magazine is pleased to announce Tim Johnson as the latest expert builder to join the team. Every month Tim will bring you in-depth articles on building techniques and brick usage to help you answer those difficult build questions, or just simply to help you try new ways to create your masterpieces. Tim Johnson is the founder of New Elementary,...

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Ghostbusters HQ Reaches 10,000

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The Ghostbusters HQ has reached 10,000.  This will be the third Ghostbusters themed project to reach the review phase.  If it has been a while since you have checked out this project, make sure to click on the updates. Sergio512 has been busy populating the inside. The Ghostbusters HQ is the seventh project to enter the review that will start September 1st.  It will be joining: Assault...

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Sticker horror

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I've come in for some criticism in the past about my opinions on stickers. My recommendation is not to apply them unless they are printed on clear plastic. These pictures will illustrate why. As I've been dismantling my old Technic models I've been surprised to see that the stickers on the 1980s and 1990s models are all in good shape, even those printed on white. However, the...

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What would you ask LEGO set designers?

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For a forthcoming book, Dorling Kindersley will be talking to LEGO designers about some of the most-loved and iconic LEGO sets of all time, from the earliest sets of the 1950s to the classic and licensed themed sets of today. Are there any questions you've always wanted to ask a LEGO designer? Questions could be about how sets are designed and created, or specific questions about your favourite...

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Review: 8444 Air Enforcer

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Recently I've highlighted three old Technic sets from my collection that are cool, interesting or groundbreaking, and which you might not be familiar with. Today I've chosen one that is none of these: in fact it might just be the worse Technic helicopter ever. In 1998 Technic took a turn for the worse and would not return to its former glory until 2005. I believe the main reason for...

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