Friends Character Encylopedia

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My Amazon order for Dorling Kindersley's latest book LEGO Friends Character Encyclopedia turned up today, a week or so early. It's the same size and format as their other character encyclopedias so I won't be writing much about it. However it is worth mentioning what's in it. The mini-doll on the cover is Naya with exclusive outfit and accessories. According to the book,...

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Alatariel reveals and reviews her official Research Institute set

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Research Institute

A review, and a multitude of pictures, can be found on her blog. I am pleasantly surprised by how far LEGO went to recreate the specific details of the original design while keeping within the limitations of their own building standards. The dinosaur is quite frankly fantastic.  I was not surprised to see that Grevious's Legs were replaced on the dino as I would...

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Review: 21107 The End

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The fourth Minecraft Micro World set, 21107 The End, was released at the start of the month without much fanfare from LEGO which was perhaps surprising given the marketing push it gave the last two, The Village and The Nether which we reviewed (here and here), back in September last year. Consequently, the online community hasn't paid it much attention either. The Brick Blogger posted a review...

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Brickset minifigs and bricks now available

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At long last, by popular demand, we are making a range of Brickset-branded minifigs and bricks available! We've teamed up with UK-based MinifigForLife Print Studio who will be producing them to order on their Roland UV printer. They are direct digital prints, printed at 1440dpi, so the quality is stunning, the best I have seen, in fact. Six items will initially be...

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Blocks magazine update

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The editor of Blocks has been in touch to say that the magazine sold out at the majority of branches of WH Smiths this week. Additional stock has been sent out today so if you're still on the lookout for it, you can hopefully find it now. Clearly this has demonstrated that there is a market for such a publication, so with luck we'll see more issues in the future. Update: The magazine...

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DK The Dark Side book exclusive minifig revealed

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Dorling Kindersley has today revealed on its Facebook page that the exclusive minifig that'll grace the cover of the forthcoming book Star Wars The Dark Side will be Emperor Palpatine (in tan, not yellow as I originally thought). Yes, I know it's been the worse-kept secret ever, the book has even been found 'in the wild' somewhere, but they asked us nicely not to mention it here...

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Sale at shop.LEGO.com

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Andrea's Bedroom

LEGO has reduced a number of sets by 30% in Europe today. They are not yet appearing in the product feed so the new prices are not shown here yet, but they are listed on the shop.LEGO.com sales and deals page (UK | France | Germany). These are the highlights:  4439 Heavy-lift Helicopter 41009 Andrea’s Bedroom 41010 Olivia’s Beach Buggy 70140 Stinger Duel 70504 Garmatron 79001 Escape...

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Review: 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel

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The X-Men have received surprisingly little attention in Marvel Super Heroes sets, but their absence has finally been rectified to an extent by the release of 76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel. This will inevitably be a hugely popular set as the only previous set to include any X-Men characters, 6866 Wolverine's Chopper Showdown, flew off the shelves when it was available, and now carries an enormous...

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We own 200 million dollars-worth of LEGO

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If you keep an eye on the site statistics at the bottom of the page you may have noticed another landmark was passed overnight: we now own US$200 million of LEGO between us. The 100 million mark was crossed in August 2012 so in less than 2 years, together we've spent $100m on our favourite plastic product. Taking into account the number of sets we own and the number of people who record their...

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Classic LEGO sets: 9V trains

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Metroliner

Metroliner

©1991 LEGO Group

David Graham brings us this week's installment on classic LEGO sets: The 9V trains era, from 1991-2007, is undoubtedly the most popular train era. 9V trains, as you probably already know, had a 9V motor and ran on metal rails powered by a 9V speed regulator. Unlike 12V  trains, which are all collectable and well-regarded, that's not the case with 9V trains: there is a clear...

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July shop.LEGO.com offers in Europe

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Hoth Bricks has published details of the European July offers at shop.LEGO.com and brand stores, and it seems there are a lot of them: 1-7 July: VIPs will receive a white classic space minifig and robot  (pictured) on orders over €30 1-16 July: Free Chima polybag 30264 Frax with orders over €30 17-31 July: Free Chima polybag 30265 Worriz' bike with orders...

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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:Review: 75048 The Phantom (09 Jun, 12450 views)Classic LEGO sets: Forestmen (11 Jun, 8753 views)LEGO Minifigures Online: the first 15 minutes of play (18 Jun, 8039 views)Have your Ghostbusters instructions fallen apart? (16 Jun, 7224 views)Mixels series 2 building competition (09 Jun, 6492 views)Everything you wanted to...

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Review: 10244 Fairground Mixer

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10244 Fairground Mixer is the latest installment in the LEGO Creator Expert theme. For the uninitiated, the sets in the Creator Expert theme are intended for advanced builders due to their high piece counts and use of sophisticated building techniques. While the Fairground Mixer does possess those characteristics, it's interesting to note that it doesn't fit into any of the logical categories...

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Munchkin Bricks Kickstarter

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Guy Himber, hot on the heals of his successful LEGO compatible "Skulls" Kickstarter is at it again and this time he is bringing Steve Jackson along for the ride with "Munchkin Bricks."   If you have never heard of Munchkin, well to put it succinctly, it is a card game of comradery, monsters, treasure, negotiation, power gaming, humor, and sudden but inevitable betrayal....

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Review: 75053 The Ghost

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The larger of the two Star Wars: Rebels offerings from this Summer wave of LEGO Star Wars is 75053 The Ghost, which looks as though it will act as a kind of Millennium Falcon stand-in for our heroes. Priced at £69.99 or $89.99 and containing a substantial 929 pieces, this is not a set to be bought on a whim, but it is undoubtedly well priced, and I was pleasantly surprised at the UK price in...

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AFOL Survey – Q2 2014 Summary

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The LEGO CEE team has just published a summary of their latest survey: "We surveyed over 4500 AFOL and over 500 TFOL in May 2014 as part of an ongoing initiative to better understand the Adult Fan of LEGO community motivations and activities. Nearly a quarter of AFOL respondents hailed from Asia and an additional quarter from North America. Other regions that represented just under 10% of the...

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The LEGO Inside Tour set for 2014 is...

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The LEGOLAND Train

We've held off revealing the 2014 LEGO Inside Tour exclusive set until today, the last day of the last of this year's tours, as a courtesy to those going on the later ones. It's an excellent rendition of the LEGOLAND Billund train designed by none other than Steen Sig Andersen, I believe. Here's a flickr gallery of photos of the event by first tour attendee Mauricio. ...

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LEGO Fusion: latest attempt from LEGO to blend physical bricks with digital play

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Town Master

©2014 LEGO Group

I've been out for part of the day today and have been bombarded with emails about LEGO Fusion so I thought I had better post something here to stem the flow :-) LEGO Systems Blends Physical and Digital Play with New LEGO FUSION New Play Experience Moves Children Seamlessly Back and Forth Between Physical and Virtual LEGO Worlds Via Hands-On Brick Building and App Gaming to Delight LEGO Builders...

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Blocks magazine: some thoughts

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The first issue of Blocks magazine has been released at WHSmith today, and as such, I thought it might be worth bringing you a quick overview of it. Let me begin by stating that if you are on the fence about whether to pick this up, I thoroughly recommend that you do. There are so many aspects to collecting LEGO, that it must have been very challenging to condense it all into a single magazine....

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