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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An Interesting Idea: Planetary Exploration

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It is not often I see an Ideas project that I just feel like sharing immediately but this one certainly makes me take the time to do a quick write up. Sure with Benny and the Exo-suit we have had a lot of space lately but this one is much less Neo-Classic and more of a "Firefly" vibe which every Browncoat with one foot in reality knows we are not going to get any official LEGO for.  The...

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Review: 8299 Search Sub

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I am continuing to dismantle my old Technic sets to make room for new ones, and while doing so, picking one or two of the more interesting models to photograph and briefly review. 8299 Search Sub from 1997 was a groundbreaking Technic set: it was the first to come with a CD-ROM featuring step-by-step instructions and video animations of the set in action. At least, that's what I think it contained: I...

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LEGO animation workshops in Barnsley

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If you're in Barnsley and have kids you might be interested in a LEGO animation workshop that's being held at Experience Barnsley every Wednesday from 15th October to 10th December 2014: Come along and learn how to animate a daring museum raid at our FREE animation workshops! Using LEGO, each session will cover key parts of the animated film-making process, from story-boarding...

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Classic LEGO sets: blue track trains

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Train Set with Motor

In this article, David Graham writes about 'blue track' trains to conclude his articles on classic LEGO trains. The 'blue track' train era ran from 1966 to 1979. There were a few earlier trains but I'm only including trains that ran on track. They ran on blue track with white sleepers. Everybody now asks why blue? Back then LEGO bricks were only available in a...

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Legends of Chima Character Encyclopedia

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Legends of Chima Character Encylopedia

Legends of Chima Character Encyclopedia is the latest publication to come off the Dorling Kindersley LEGO book production line. Given the number of characters and the rich back-story of Chima, it will be welcomed by fans and those trying to make sense of it all, alike. Best of all, it comes with a unique minifigure. The cover-mounted minifig is Firox, a member of the Phoenix tribe. Although...

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Brick Like Me to air next weekend

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The Simpsons LEGO episode Brick Like Me will get its first airing in the UK on SKY 1, Saturday 9th August at 7:30pm. "All is not as it seems in the cartoon classic's milestone 550th episode when Homer wakes up in a world made entirely out of LEGO pieces." Thanks to Leon for the tip-off. View the video trailer after the break... ...

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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:The Tumbler press release (21 Jul, 21215 views)The Hobbit: The Lonely Mountain revealed (23 Jul, 17324 views)Exo-Suit available now! (01 Aug, 12546 views)UCS Tumbler confirmed (20 Jul, 10373 views)Exo-Suit signing report (26 Jul, 8771 views)SDCC: Wookiee Gunship revealed (22 Jul, 8208 views)Classic LEGO sets: Classic Town...

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New items at shop.LEGO.com

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Although there's a 'What's New' section at shop.LEGO.com, it's pretty much impossible to actually see what's new at this time of year because it shows just about everything that's been released this year. For this reason, we have a New at shop.LEGO.com listing at Brickset that you can access via the green Buy menu. It looks like the release of a...

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Review: 8839 Supply Ship

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I'm working my way through dismantling my large collection of Technic sets in order to reduce the space they take up, and thus make room for more (like the new Volvo Wheel Loader). I'm keeping the ones I really like assembled -- the cranes, diggers, helicopters and so on -- but before I break up the others, I'm taking the opportunity to photograph and comment on some of the more notable...

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