Tropical fish models from ReefScape

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British company Tropical Marine Centre is offering a range of fifteen custom LEGO models of tropical fish for sale. They'll be available later this month exclusively at branches of Maidenhead Aquatics which you often see in garden centres as well as stand-alone stores. They've been designed by Bright Bricks and just 500 of each model will be available. Bright Bricks also made a large ReefScape...

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Blocks issue 1 review

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The pilot issue of Blocks, published back in the heady days of summer, clearly sold well enough for the team behind it to take the plunge and make a go of it ‘for real’. Over the past few months we watched as slowly, Blocks took on board more and more of the Brickset staff and regulars as contributors. Well at least the writing should be good... I have one particular criticism, which...

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Minecraft sets available now

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The Cave

In Europe, the minifigure-scale Minecraft sets are now available at shop.LEGO.com. In the UK, the prices are: 21113 The Cave, £19.99 (review at New Elementary) 21114 The Farm, £24.99 (review at Brickset) 21115 The First Night, £39.99 (review at Brickset) 21116 Crafting Box, £49.99 (review at Brothers-Brick) 21117 The Ender Dragon, £59.99 (review at Eurobricks) 21118...

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MSC cruise ships to feature LEGO playrooms

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This is not something I'd normally write about but the following press release contains interesting information, right at the end: MSC Cruises has announced a partnership with LEGO Group to bring LEGO-themed playrooms on its ships. Separate kids club offerings will be available for different groups including a supervised DUPLO Play Pen for children under five, free time play for children...

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Classic LEGO sets: airports, planes and air travel, part 1

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Airport

Airport

©1985 LEGO Group

I can remember it as clearly as yesterday – that day when I pitched up in the local toy shop, early in January 1985 to find the new launches for the year. Oh my G.O.S.H. Occupying pride of place in the display was 6392 Airport. It was a seminal day in my childhood LEGO career: LEGO had gone airborne. For Classic Town the sky was truly the limit. Of course, there had been helicopters in Classic...

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Dropship kit on Kickstarter

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Ichiban Toys is offering their next custom kit, a dropship, on Kickstarter. Normally it sells kits via its website but this "is an experiment in pre-funding a new kit. We want to use Kickstarter as a platform to generate interest in a new kit to essentially guarantee success in each of our new kits. This allows us to offer our customers more ambitious kits with less risk - overall keeping our...

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Brick 2014, London, 27-30th November

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Here's the latest press release about the Brick 2014 event in London, 27-30th November: In the year that LEGO officially became the world’s biggest toy and conquered the world’s box offices with the incredible and hilarious LEGO Movie, BRICK 2014 is heading for London’s ExCeL Centre for four days of family fun and the finest in LEGO building. With Saturday and Sunday now...

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It's October 31st...

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Toy Workshop

...which can mean only one thing: no, not Halloween, it's the last day you'll enjoy double VIP points at shop.LEGO.com and receive the first of this year's Christmas sets free with your order (over £50/$99). If you haven't secured yours yet, here are links to do so now: USA | Canada | UK | France | Germany | Austria. If you have it already, stay tuned for a building competition...

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An Interesting Idea: REVENGE - Frigate class shuttle (Galaxy Command)

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One of the reasons I have picked the Revenge from this week's new projects is its excellent presentation: fun to look at, great background, eye catching "post production" elements. These factors really help the project stand out from the other spaceships on Ideas and sets a great example for the production value you should shoot for. The other reason I picked it is because I love what...

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New site features

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Earlier this week you may have noticed the appearance of a new tab at the bottom of set detail pages: LDraw. Where it's present, you'll find links to LDraw .dat or .mpd files for the set. Here's a good example. Legolijntje, who has been curating lists of LDraw versions of official models at Eurobricks, is populating the database and uploading the files to make them easier to find and...

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New No Starch Press books

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No Starch Press is publishing six new LEGO books in the run-up to Christmas, ranging from coffee-table books to Mindstorms EV3 programming manuals. I have four of them here and will take a look at two of them, Beautiful LEGO 2 and Steampunk LEGO, today, then two later in the week. Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark by Mike Doyle is a follow up to the original Beautiful LEGO book published last October (read...

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Mixels competition winners

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After much deliberation, the seven judges have made their decision. The winners of the Mixels series three building competition are... 1st place: The LEGO House, BR minifig and Dareth polybag Purple Parrot by theaface22. All of the judges had this model at either first or second place on their lists and it won by a very large margin. DrDave: "Small and simple, but still beautiful and...

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Own a rare Hobbit acrylic brick

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Fairy Bricks is auctioning off a rare TT Games acrylic The Hobbit brick: This is a perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this item. These acrylic bricks are only given to employees of TT Games if they have made a significant contribution to the production of one of their published LEGO titles. Luckily for us, Carl Greatrix is a Senior Model Designer at TT and a good friend of Fairy...

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Android Minifig Collector app updated, and a call for help

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Nic Jansma has just updated his Minifig Collector app for Android, which now includes series 12 figures. The app lets you keep track of which minifigs you have in Series 1-12, Team GB, The LEGO Movie and The Simpsons and includes high-resolution photos of the minifigs. You can also import and export your minifigs to Brickset. It's a free app so if you have a suitable device, give it a go. For...

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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:Second Christmas set revealed (20 Oct, 12691 views)Free Toy Workshop from today (15 Oct, 12084 views)Review: Minecraft 21114 The Farm (22 Oct, 9313 views)Blocks magazine spreads (18 Oct, 8990 views)Review: Minecraft 21115 The First Night (23 Oct, 8560 views)Classic LEGO Sets: Car and bike repair (17 Oct, 7476 views)Some...

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Free Toy Workshop, last few days

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It's likely to be a slow news day today so I'll post a reminder that you only have a few days left to secure the first of this year's free Christmas sets. Spend over £50 / $99 / €55 at shop.LEGO.com and you'll receive 40106 Toy Workshop for free, along with double VIP points. Here are links to shop.LEGO.com: USA | Canada | UK | France | Germany | Austria. ...

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40090 Halloween Bat: Trick or Treat?

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There’s not long now until All Hallows' Eve, so today I’ll be reviewing the 2014 Halloween offering from LEGO: 40090 Halloween Bat, which continues the new style of seasonal sets featuring cute brick-built characters that began earlier this year with 40085 Valentine Bear and 40086 Easter Rabbit. This will be the first review in a series looking at the seasonal sets that are currently...

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Jurassic Park Returns to Ideas

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Since it was announced that LEGO would be on board with Jurassic World, it was pretty clear that the Jurassic Park license was going to be allowed back to Ideas eventually, and that time has now come. Jurassic Park is therefore the second property to accomplish this; Doctor Who being the first. For a quick review of how IP works on Ideas, in practice any IP that is not obviously outside of brand...

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BBC Collectaholics looking for LEGO collector

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I received this from Georgia Smith who works for the producers of the BBC TV Collectaholics programme: "We are currently producing the second series of Collectaholics for BBC2, a primetime show presented by antiques expert Mark Hill which explores people’s passion for collecting. We are looking for enthusiastic collectors of Lego to feature on the programme. The programme explores why...

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Review: Minecraft 21115 The First Night

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The second Minecraft set that LEGO kindly sent us to review is 21115 The First Night which features a building complete with pigsty, Steve, a Creeper and a pig. Stylistically, it's similar to The Farm that we reviewed yesterday and in fact there's a nice surprise related to it that's revealed at the back of the instructions, as you'll see later. Here's the front of the...

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