Research Institute to make a comeback?

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Research Institute

The shop.LEGO.com (US) page for the Research Institute has been updated recently with the following message: "We apologize, but this item is not currently available on shop.LEGO.com. Limited quantities may be available in October in LEGO Stores." So, there's hope for you yet if you don't have it, and can get to a US brand store. In Europe, it's still marked as 'sold out'. Thanks...

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Plastic Man polybag revealed

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Instagram user arthurp8 who works at TT Games has posted a picture of the Plastic Man polybag that's free with pre-orders of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game. I've added it to the database with a temporary set number until we know its proper 500xxxx number. Via TheBrickFan ...

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Speed Champions to race into 2015

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Brickshop.nl has once again revealed information about unreleased sets, probably before it should: this time it's details and logo of a new theme for next year: Speed Champions. The theme, consisting of seven sets which include Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche licensed models, appears to be a replacement for the old Racers theme. The sets will cost between €15 and €99 (£10 and £60)...

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Mixels competition update

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I'm pleased to see there have been some great entries submitted to our Mixels series 3 competition as you can see for yourself in the competition pool on flickr. Information about the the rules and prizes are on the announcement article. In particular, note that we're only accepting entries made from series 3 Mixels, so I've removed those that don't meet this criteria. Get building...

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Free buildable brick box at Toys R Us

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A number of people have reported seeing this offer in Toys R Us when picking up their Daily Mail polybags, and just for a change, it's actually a decent offer. Spend £40 on LEGO and get 40118 Buildable Brick Box free. The set contains over 200-pieces and is currently being sold for £12.99 at shop.LEGO.com, so it's a pretty good deal. I can't see mention of it on their website,...

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The Art of the Brick comes to London

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World-famous LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya's exhibition The Art of the Brick opens on Friday, in Brick Lane, London. Today I've been at the press event where I had an opportunity to get a preview of the exhibits and to meet Nathan. The exhibition features 75 pieces of art, including his 'signature-style' 3D works of human forms, original 2D artwork and LEGO renditions of famous paintings,...

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An Interesting Idea: Brownout

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I have been waiting for some good "space western" material to show up on Ideas. Firefly is off limits but that does not mean the genre has to be avoided completely and this Brownout seems to fit the bill. If the style looks a bit familiar it is, because this project is brought to you by Nick Royer formerly of "Space Troopers" and currently also working on Hyperborea. If you...

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3-for-2 on toys at Argos starting tomorrow

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At last, a decent sale: Argos is offering 3 for 2 on all toys including LEGO, starting tomorrow. You can reserve online tonight then pick up tomorrow, to ensure that you secure what you're after. With luck Amazon will follow suit and offer 33% off LEGO too, in which case we should see a long 'Bargain Watch' article posted on the home page sometime tomorrow. ...

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Star Citizens Flock to Ideas: F7A Hornet approaching 10,000

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Last week the F7A Hornet was at 4040 support but Cloud Imperium Games, the company behind Star Citizen, which in turn is the source material for the F7A Hornet, published a request for its users to come to Ideas and show their support. In a single day the project received 3800 more support and it has enjoyed a comfortable ascent since then. At the posting of this article the project is at 9835 support. This...

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More Bionicle Information Coming On Friday

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LEGO has stated on the official LEGO Bionicle Facebook page that they'll be revealing some more Bionicle 2015 information on this coming Friday. The Brick Fan points out it could be the teaser site that we've already seen. My biggest hope would be for the first official images of some of the finalised sets. We'll likely have to wait until Friday to find out, unless of course LEGO slips...

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2014 survey results: higher NPS than Apple

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I've ended the survey, thank you to all 1990 of you that participated. You can now view the responses as they are presented by Google Forms. (Don't worry, responses to the email address question have been removed) and read all the comments in a PDF. I've crunched the numeric responses to the quantitative questions and compared them to those from the 2013 survey, (which you can see via...

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42024 Container Truck: the perfect Technic set?

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I'm catching up on building some of the Technic sets I've acquired over the last year or two, now I have room to store them following the dismantling of many of my older ones. Whilst building 42024 Container Truck it struck me that it's pretty much a perfect Technic set, and possibly the best of the year. Read on for my reasoning. This year's Technic sets have come in a variety...

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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:LEGO to unveil something special this Friday (15 Sep, 17993 views)Review: 10245 Santa's Workshop (11 Sep, 13581 views)Review: 75054 AT-AT (13 Sep, 11372 views)75050 B-Wing - The most interesting set in the world... (19 Sep, 10343 views)The Hobbit sets in stores already (15 Sep, 7296 views)New Ninjago polybag in TRU (UK)...

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Ninjago Season 1 Soundtrack Available This Month

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Ninjago's hit TV show is getting its first CD soundtrack this month. Due to be released on 30 September, the CD is available for pre-order and features 19 tracks from the first season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. For those who don't know, the Ninjago TV series features an original set of orchestral soundtracks composed by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer. If you'd like to sample some...

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Daily Mail promotion starts today

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Just in case you need reminding, the free LEGO with the Daily Mail offer starts today and runs until next Saturday. Buy a Mail, take the voucher from inside to WHS or TRU in the UK (other places in Ireland) and you'll be given a free polybag. Today it's 30281 Micro Manager Battle which we reviewed in February. ...

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