BRICK 2014: Call for volunteers

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The largest LEGO show to be held in the UK is now just five weeks away. The organisers are looking for volunteers. If you fancy helping in return for free entry tickets, read on... Now that we’re getting nearer to BRICK 2014, we’re planning each area of the show and we need your help! The show won’t happen without staff to help out the public and we’d really rather have AFOLs...

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An Interesting Idea: Skull Cove: Redbeard's Return

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I usually avoid sharing projects I have had a hand in on Brickset to avoid the appearance of impropriety. With Redbeard's Return however, I am just so pleased with how well it turned out that I could not resist. Darthky and I tried to create a non-ship pirate set that would appeal to hard-core LEGO fans looking for more than the standard sets provide and I think we have delivered on that mission...

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Second Christmas set revealed

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Ice Skating

The second of this year's free Christmas sets, 40107 Ice Skating, has apparently been sent out in error with a shop.LEGO.com order to LugPOL member len in Poland. If last year is anything go by, it will be available to the rest of us free with orders over a certain threshold placed during the Thanksgiving weekend in November. Thanks Bart and Bacon for the news. Update: iimages have been...

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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:It's official: LEGO Jurassic World sets due next year (08 Oct, 23400 views)2015 City images (05 Oct, 13161 views)LEGO ends Shell partnership following Greenpeace campaign (09 Oct, 10541 views)New images of Minecraft sets (08 Oct, 10486 views)New Brand Store model on the way (11 Oct, 9922 views)Free Toy Workshop from today...

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Blocks magazine spreads

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Just in case you're still on the fence about whether to buy or subscribe to the magazine, here are some sample spreads from the new issue: Subscribers have started to receive their copies today and it will be on the shelves of your local WHS/Sainsbury's/other good newsagents in the UK on Thursday. It will also be available in Barnes and Noble in the USA although you...

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An Interesting Idea: LEGO City 2080

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Perhaps LEGO Mecha are overplayed, especially within the LEGO Ideas project offerings, but I really dig the novel approach that Plumb is taking to their LEGO City 2080 campaign. These "blockhead bots" have this nice industrial feel and I like how the color formats work well to express the purpose of each. It is not exactly obvious from most of the pictures but the "box" on...

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Blocks Magazine issue 1: On sale next Thursday

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Issue one [*] of Blocks magazine hits the newsagents' shelves on Thursday next week. Here's what the cover will look like. We (the Blocks team) have been hard at work over the last few months working on it and I'm confident you'll enjoy it. If you haven't already subscribed, if you do so now you'll receive a limited edition minifigure of magazine editor Mark. Find out more...

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New feature: alternate builds

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As you probably know, Rebrickable is a site that shows you what models you can build -- both official and MOCs -- from parts in your collection. You can also hook up to it from here and keep your set collection in sync between the two sites. Anyway, Nathan at Rebrickable has recently provided a feature that exposes MOCs that can be built using parts from just one set and he and I thought it would...

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Classic LEGO Sets: Car and bike repair

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Breakdown Assistance

Here's another article on classic Town sets written by Matthew, The Toymaker: A few months ago, we looked at Classic LEGO Town Shell sets with its numerous iterations of filling stations, tow trucks and fuel tankers. Whilst Shell was undoubtedly the largest corporation in Classic Town, their dominance didn’t stop a burgeoning cottage industry in car and bike repair springing up to service...

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The Hobbit sets now available at shop.LEGO.com

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The Lonely Mountain

This year's four Hobbit sets are now available from shop.LEGO.com in all markets. Now is an ideal time to buy them, what with double VIP points (equivalent to 10% off) and a free 40106 Toy Workshop set, too. Click the appropriate link to check them out: UK | USA | Canada. ...

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Creations for Charity sale starts today

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The annual fundraising initiative to raise money to buy LEGO sets for underprivileged children has started today and we are happy to help promote it. From now until the end of November, you can buy custom LEGO creations which have been built and donated by fans. More will be added throughout the sale and if you'd like to donate a creation you can do so before November 15 by visiting creationsforcharity.org...

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Some Interesting Ideas: Concorde and Little Red Schoolhouse

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It has been two weeks since I have reported on new projects in LEGO Ideas so I bring you two picks. The first is the Concorde. This is an impressive build of an iconic aircraft and engineering marvel. I like how this project also includes the Bristol Olympus engine (not to scale with the aircraft) to add some variety to the building experience. The second build I would like to share is the...

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Free Toy Workshop from today

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If you've been holding off buying Santa's Workshop until the first of this year's free Christmas sets becomes available in UK and Europe, you need wait no more! From today, spend over £50 / €55 at shop.LEGO.com and you'll receive 40106 Toy Workshop for free. You'll also get double VIP points. Here are links to more details of the offer at shop.LEGO.com: UK | France...

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LEGO planning reality TV show

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According to The Guardian, "After The LEGO Movie, watch out for the LEGO reality TV show. The Danish toymaker is following the global success of its foray into Hollywood films with a move into TV next year." Jill Wilfert, LEGO vice-president of global licensing and distribution, says that LEGO is "exploring some reality competition show formats, which is new for us: the idea of becoming...

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Kickstarter for LEGO Compatible Breadboard

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Not exactly a ground breaking Kickstarter but at least that way you know it is almost guaranteed to deliver. Basically this Kickstarter is a circuit breadboard that can mount to LEGO compatible bricks. I know there are are lots of FOLs out there that like to integrate their passion for LEGO with Electronics as well as a lot of Tech types that like to use LEGO for the mechanical side of their...

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Change to set filtering

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One of the most commented on aspects of the new design in the recent survey concerned filtering, in particular the need to clear a filter before you could select another. In my response to the comments I described it as follows: "you're browsing 2014 sets. You change the theme to Agents. Then, if you want to look at 2014 Chima sets you need to clear the Agents filter before you can select...

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October offer at Chowren Toys

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Here's the latest offer from our friends over at Chowren Toys: "We have a Halloween theme for our October 2014 Brickset promo. $29.99 USD for Monster Fighters Set: 9464 The Vampyre Hearse. All the readers need do, is enter promo code 9464BRKSET at the check-out to receive this price. Please note this set is the second version which does not have the glow-in-the-dark sticker or paint. There...

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