Review: 76123 Captain America: Outriders Attack

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Motorcycles have become a recurring feature of the Marvel Super Heroes theme, originating with 6865 Captain America's Avenging Cycle that was launched in 2012. It therefore seems appropriate that Captain America should return with another motorcycle in 76123 Captain America: Outriders Attack from Avengers: Endgame!

This set contains an exclusive Captain America minifigure, featuring a new helmet element, along with three marauding Outriders. Its price of £19.99 or $19.99 therefore appears fairly reasonable, although the motorcycle seems slightly bland in official images. Hopefully that aspect of the set might exceed my expectations.

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Review: 5005251 Penguin Winter Hut

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5005251 Penguin Winter Hut became available towards the end of 2018 and we are celebrating World Penguin Day by publishing a review! This fun minifigure is based upon the Penguin Boy from Series 16 of the Collectable Minifigures so should prove quite impressive, especially given the inclusion of some printed skis.

Take a closer look after the break...

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Random set of the day: Shell Service Station

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Shell Service Station

Shell Service Station

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Today's random set is 1256 Shell Service Station, released in 1999. It's one of 63 Town sets produced that year. It contains 144 pieces and 2 minifigs, and its retail price was US$20.

It's owned by 898 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.

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Summer City set images

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Donut shop opening

Donut shop opening

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Following on from the images of City Space sets that emerged last week, pictures of four more summer City releases have been published over at Hoth Bricks.

Among them are 60233 Donut shop opening which contains an interesting assortment of buildings and vehicles, and 60234 People Pack which, along with a good selection of minifigures, also contains a number of small and colourful fairground stalls which will be the perfect accompaniment to the Creator Expert Fairground sets.

You'll find pictures in the database and after the break.

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Review: 76124 War Machine Buster

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Iron Man's gargantuan Hulkbuster armour has become a perennial feature of the Marvel Super Heroes range, returning with fresh construction techniques and functions on multiple occasions. 76124 War Machine Buster looks unusual when compared with previous models, providing War Machine with his own equivalent of the famous Hulkbuster armoured suit.

Hopefully this model will be sufficiently distinct to warrant an entirely new set, especially since 76104 The Hulkbuster Smash-Up only became available during 2018. The minifigure selection is definitely interesting, encompassing unique versions of War Machine and Ant-Man which both appear rather impressive in official images.

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LEGO pledges to stop launching regional exclusives

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Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner

Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner

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LEGO has just release this statement. It's great news:

It has become apparent to us at the LEGO Group that you are dissatisfied with the recent launches of regional exclusive products. We’ve received a lot of feedback on the LEGO festival products to mark the Chinese New Year (80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner and 80102 Dragon Dance), the LEGO The Movie 2 Brickheadz (41634 Emmet, 41635 Wyldstyle,n 41636 Benny & 41637 Sweet Mayhem) in the US as well as 75227 Darth Vader Bust.

Because of this feedback and concerns from you, our dedicated and most loyal fans, we have decided that regional exclusives launched after May 1, 2019 will become widely available via LEGO Brand Retail stores and LEGO Shop at Home after a limited period of time (3-6 months) of the initial launch.

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LEGO to produce braille kits to help blind children learn through play

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Here's an interesting press release about a new initiative that you wonder why it hasn't been done before, given the affinity between LEGO studs and braille:

Motivated by stories and ideas from blind people around the world, the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group will pilot a grassroots innovation that can help blind and visually impaired children learn through play using LEGO bricks.

Paris, France April 24: Today, the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group will announce their support of a pioneering project that will help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a playful and engaging way using Braille customised LEGO bricks. The project, LEGO Braille Bricks, will be unveiled today at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Paris, France.

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