ItLUG Lecco 2014, July 19-20, Lecco, Lombardy, Italy

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ItLUG, the Italian LEGO user group is hosting a display later this month in Lecco: The event will take place on a week-end, July 19 and 20 2014 at the Lecco "Politecnico di Milano" branch, in Lecco (Lombardy). We have (at the moment) 118 exhibitors, mainly from Italy but also from Switzerland and Germany. It will be open to the public and we hope to have a good time and be able to show...

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Exo-Suit teaser, with video

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More information has been revealed by the Exo-Suit project team: another image showing two red or blue (presumably) space men and one of Pete's trademark turtles. A mysterious video message has turned up on YouTube, too. Watch it after the break... ...

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Reminder: Brick Fiesta July 3rd-6th, San Antonio, Texas

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Brick Fiesta is Texas's LEGO fan event presented by TexLUG.  This is the events fourth year, and fourth city.  Besides being the only traveling convention, to my knowledge it is also the only LUG operated and controlled LEGO convention.  Please correct me if I am mistaken. The special guest speaker is Brandon Wike.   There will of course be LEGO on display and the schedule...

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The 2014 Fairy Bricks raffle has begun

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SirKevbags writes "The wait is finally over! We are proud to introduce to you perhaps the biggest Fairy Bricks fundraiser of the year. Driven by donations from the wonderful members at Brickset, we have over 40 prizes to give away, some of which are impossible to buy anywhere else no matter how much money you have! "With people from all over the world donating prizes and buying tickets,...

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July offers at shop.LEGO.com

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Frax' Phoenix Flyer

July's shop.LEGO.com offers in Europe and Australasia are as follows: Free 30264 Frax’ Phoenix Flyer with orders over £25/€30 (until 16th July). Free 5002812 Classic Spaceman Minifigure with orders over £25/€30, for VIPs (until 7th July). Please use these links to place your orders: UK | France | Germany. On a related note, the August calendar for...

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The Art of LEGO Design

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If you're a new adult fan of LEGO you've probably bought a shed-load of LEGO sets, built them from the instructions, admired them for a bit and then decided to take them apart to try building something of your own from the parts. You then look online for inspiration, on Flickr, Brickshelf and Brothers-Brick, and perhaps feel somewhat overwhelmed by the quality of the models you see...

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Classic LEGO sets: Soccer

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Goals and Linesmen

This week's classic LEGO article has been contributed by Allan, SprinkleOtter: With the FIFA World Cup in full swing, I will be doing a review of LEGO Soccer or, for those of you not in America, football sets. There have been a lot of great Soccer sets released under the Sports banner over the years, starting with a few promotional sets in 1998, with the first Soccer Field released...

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Mixels building competition: one week to go

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Our Mixels building competition with The LEGO Movie prizes ends at midnight (GMT+1) on Sunday 6th July so if you haven't entered yet, you have a week left to do so. The judges this time will be DrDaveWatford (GimmeLEGO), SirKevbags (FairyBricks), Caperberry (Tim, New Elementary), LostInTranslation (Lucy), Rocao (Roland) and myself. I estimate there are around 250 entries...

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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 Minifigures Online: the first 15 minutes of play (18 Jun, 8964 views)Have your Ghostbusters instructions fallen apart? (16 Jun, 8411 views)Review: 10244 Fairground Mixer (21 Jun, 8247 views)Review: 75053 The Ghost (21 Jun, 7709 views)Classic LEGO sets: 9V trains (24 Jun, 7243 views)Alatariel reveals and reviews her...

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Reminder: Newcastle Brickfest, July 05, Newcastle, NSW

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Newcastle Brickfest is Newcastle’s new LEGO fan event presented by Rainbow Bricks LEGO User Group and Bricks at the Bay, and is a fundraiser for local Newcastle schools. Everything from Star Wars to Friends and Mindstorms EV3 will be on display, something for everyone to enjoy. There will be a free build area for those who want to build, as well as LEGO for sale. Venue: Newcastle PCYC,...

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Friends Character Encylopedia

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My Amazon order for Dorling Kindersley's latest book LEGO Friends Character Encyclopedia turned up today, a week or so early. It's the same size and format as their other character encyclopedias so I won't be writing much about it. However it is worth mentioning what's in it. The mini-doll on the cover is Naya with exclusive outfit and accessories. According to the book,...

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Alatariel reveals and reviews her official Research Institute set

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Research Institute

A review, and a multitude of pictures, can be found on her blog. I am pleasantly surprised by how far LEGO went to recreate the specific details of the original design while keeping within the limitations of their own building standards. The dinosaur is quite frankly fantastic.  I was not surprised to see that Grevious's Legs were replaced on the dino as I would...

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Review: 21107 The End

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The fourth Minecraft Micro World set, 21107 The End, was released at the start of the month without much fanfare from LEGO which was perhaps surprising given the marketing push it gave the last two, The Village and The Nether which we reviewed (here and here), back in September last year. Consequently, the online community hasn't paid it much attention either. The Brick Blogger posted a review...

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Brickset minifigs and bricks now available

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At long last, by popular demand, we are making a range of Brickset-branded minifigs and bricks available! We've teamed up with UK-based MinifigForLife Print Studio who will be producing them to order on their Roland UV printer. They are direct digital prints, printed at 1440dpi, so the quality is stunning, the best I have seen, in fact. Six items will initially be...

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Blocks magazine update

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The editor of Blocks has been in touch to say that the magazine sold out at the majority of branches of WH Smiths this week. Additional stock has been sent out today so if you're still on the lookout for it, you can hopefully find it now. Clearly this has demonstrated that there is a market for such a publication, so with luck we'll see more issues in the future. Update: The magazine...

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DK The Dark Side book exclusive minifig revealed

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Dorling Kindersley has today revealed on its Facebook page that the exclusive minifig that'll grace the cover of the forthcoming book Star Wars The Dark Side will be Emperor Palpatine (in tan, not yellow as I originally thought). Yes, I know it's been the worse-kept secret ever, the book has even been found 'in the wild' somewhere, but they asked us nicely not to mention it here...

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