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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Review: Minecraft 21114 The Farm

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The new range of minifig-scale Minecraft sets are now starting to appear on shelves across the world and will be available from shop.LEGO.com next week, on November 1st. LEGO has kindly sent us two sets to review: 21114 The Farm and 21115 The First Night. Let's start off with The Farm... Let me start off by saying that I know next to nothing about Minecraft and have never played it. However...

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Minifigs.me releases 'Brick Flicks' range

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Custom minifig-maker Minifigs.me has been busy creating a range of film stars for the book Brick Flicks by Warren Elsmore, where they're used to recreate iconic scenes and posters from films spanning almost every genre. You can now buy many of them from their website. I've been provided with two minifigs, based on characters from a popular Disney film, to review. See pictures after the break. Both...

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Kickstarter: Bricks of the Mouse Guard

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Guy Himber is at is again with his crowd funded "Crazy Bricks." This time around the subject is Mouse Guard, an avant-garde comic series set in a world much like our Earth but instead of humans being around, you have sentient mice. Not giant Mickey mice, but your standard scale mice with minimal physical anthropomorphism. It is certainly an interesting read and the art is quite phenomenal....

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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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