Review: ReefScape Lionfish

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Last month, we mentioned that British company Tropical Marine Centre has produced a range of fifteen custom LEGO models of tropical fish, in conjunction with Bright Bricks. They are now widely available from Maidenhead Aquatics both in-store and online in the UK and are also now being stocked by Chowren Toys, who can ship them to countries outside of Europe. Just before I went away, Paul from...

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2015 employee gift set

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LEGO HUB Birds

Someone in Germany is obviously so pleased with their employee gift set this year that they are selling it on eBay already... 4002014 LEGO HUB (whatever that is) Birds is a set of five rather cool looking birds including a duck, robin and eagle. Rather odd that it should feature such creatures given the impending release of another set of them :-) I've now learned from Facebook that "These...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review: Day 11

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Given that yesterday's gift was a mini TIE Fighter, there is a logical progression to the TIE Fighter Pilot we see in the Advent Calendar today. This is actually a fairly rare minifigure, with this most recent edition only appearing here and in 75031 TIE Interceptor. I love TIE Fighter Pilots due to their almost entirely black flight suits which look very intimidating, and getting another...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 11

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Today's gift continues the cooking theme of the last few days with a neat little model of a stove. The model contains 13 parts, the rarest of which is a 1x1 brick in medium azure (one of my favourite LEGO colours incidentally) which has only appeared in seven sets. Most of the remaining parts of white, although there is inexplicably a purple 2x3 plate thrown in. (Who has a purple stove?) If,...

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Which minifigs are most desirable?

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You may remember that last December we asked you to list your 'best LEGO sets ever' for a forthcoming Dorling Kindersley book. The book is taking somewhat longer than I expected to hit the shelves but as far as I know it's due for release sometime in 2015. Now, another book is planned which will feature the 'most desirable minifigures in existence' and DK would like your help...

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City Advent Calendar Review: Day 11

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Every City Advent Calendar since the first one in 2005 has included a Police Officer at some point, and today we discover that this year is no different. Given how long this tradition has been developing, I suppose I would miss it if it were not there! As expected the Police Officer is the 2014 edition with bright blue torso and attractive dark blue peaked hat. This minifigure looks very friendly...

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Research Institute back in stock in Europe

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Research Institute

21110 Research Institute is back in stock online. It can now be ordered for immediate delivery from shop.LEGO.com in the UK and the rest of Europe. Unfortunately the US and Canada product pages still claim "we’re investigating if we can make more. Check back soon!" Thanks to everyone that emailed about this. Whilst on the subject of shop.LEGO.com, there appears to be an issue...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review: Day 10

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We are now approaching the half way point in this year's Advent Calendars and our armada of Star Wars mini models is expanding. Today, the first mini model of a vehicle from the Original Trilogy arrives, a fact which will no doubt delight those of you who are not interested in the model based on the Clone Wars. The TIE Fighter is among the most iconic of all Star Wars vehicles and is well...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 10

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Hopefully today's advent offering won't lead to the suggestive interpretations some of you had with regard to yesterday's candle model! (Shame on you all!) In fact, I think today's gift is highly unlikely to inspire such innuendo, as it consists of a pack of the kitchen accessories which are a staple of the Friends sets. The accessories include cupcake cases, cutlery, plates,...

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Philly Brick Fest to return next April

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Philly Brick Fest, the 4-day Fan of LEGO Convention returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center April 23 - 26, 2015 in Oaks, PA. The 2015 event will boast more than 90,000 square feet of fan built LEGO creations, interactive building challenges and activities, and merchandise from LEGO resellers and customisers. The 4-day convention brings together Fans of LEGO to play games, learn new building...

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City Advent Calendar Review: Day 10

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We remain seasonal yet again following the arrival of a snowball launcher today. As soon as I opened this window my mind jumped back a couple of years to this article from the 2012 Advent Calendar reviews. I have to agree with that article; the 1x1 round bricks do look more like toilet rolls than snowballs! In 2012 an entire story was formulated to follow the toilet roll slinging adventures...

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Brick 2014 Show Report

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It is almost two weeks since Brick 2014 opened its doors for the first time, but I have finally managed to whittle the 356 photos I took down to just a sample. The event was larger than anything we have seen in the UK before and was an enormous success as far as I am concerned. Warren Elsmore and his team have been planning for months but it was well worth it as they provided a fantastic experience...

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Bricksetforum.com unavailable

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There's currently some sort of DNS problem with bricksetforum.com and as a result the forum is not reachable via that domain. I suspect it's transient but if it's not sorted in the morning I'll start making phone calls. In the meantime you can access it via http://brickset.vanillaforums.com/. Later... it seems that 1000steine.com that hosts our images is also unavailable. Is there...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review: Day 9

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Things are right back on course today with an excellent mini model of Anakin's Jedi Starfighter from the Clone Wars. At last the Vulture Droid from day 6 has an accompanying opponent! I do not expect a great deal from a mini model. I like an easily recognisable vehicle which captures the main features of the source material, and that is exactly what we have here. Anakin's Delta-7B Aethersprite...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 9

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After a couple of days of not-very-festive models, today we have the quintessential advent gift - a candle. This modest little model is composed of only 6 pieces (pink bracelet, green 2x2 round plate, 2 red dots, 1x1 white round brick and a trans-orange plume) but to my mind it looks really effective. I had never thought of using a flame and white round brick to represent a candle but it works...

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LEGO box variations by country: part 1, 1957-72

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Learning about LEGO has never been easy. No toy has had a more complex history over the years than has LEGO. This goes all the way back to the earliest years, and continues into the present. One area that is surprisingly not well documented is the variations of the same LEGO sets in different regions of the world, writes Gary Istok who has contributed another article on the history of LEGO. Prior...

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City Advent Calendar Review: Day 9

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This morning the City Advent Calendar got back on track with another food market related gift, which surprised me as I thought we had moved on. How does today's stack up beside those from a few days ago? We receive a small cart today, which is not a bad little model and brings the excellent Kingdoms Advent Calendar we saw a couple of years ago to mind. For me the contents of the cart are...

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Festive building competition -- last two days to enter

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The deadline for entering our festive building competition is fast approaching: please submit your entries by midnight on Wednesday I've been away for a couple of weeks as you may have noticed [1] so it's good to come back and see that there are a lot of great entries in the competition pool already. The judges will be myself, Chris, Lucy and... you? If you'd like to be a judge, get...

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New promotional airline set discovered

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Aircraft

Aircraft

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Instructions for a new promotional airline set 40146, to be available on Lufthansa flights, have been found on the LEGO server. It's been a few years since the last promotional airline set was produced so this is a welcome discovery. I wonder if, like 4032 Holiday Jet, it will be made with different stickers for other airlines? The first Lufthansa branded sets appeared in 1976. Thanks...

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