Full disclosure – Minecraft the video game is something that I've never played, probably due to my age. Having two boys of my own however, has meant I've put up with the intensely irritating thwack thwack thwack sounds as they've built their own worlds and lost countless hours of their childhood to it. Visually I suppose I never really got it. Here we are on next gen consoles playing a game that looks like it was thrown up in the early 90's – yet it's a global phenomena, and that can't be wrong can it?
Of course the good thing with Minecraft is that it's all about building, creating and sharing – and that translates to the world of LEGO very nicely. To date there have been 28 Minecraft sets, plus a couple of minifigure packs, so it's a license that is obviously working well.
For this review I'll be looking at 21135 The Crafting Box 2.0 which was released a few months ago. I'm not really expecting much for the AFOL here, so I'll be building this with my inner child leading the way. Let's get crafting to see if I'm proved wrong.
We expected this to be under wraps for a week or two more but this morning the next LEGO Ideas set, 21312 Women of NASA, was revealed on the Ideas blog, perhaps done so early because certified stores in eastern Europe have started selling them already.
It'll be available in brand stores and shop.LEGO.com on 1st November for €24.99 / $24.99.
The blog also reveals that there'll be a pre-release signing event at the New York Flatiron store on Saturday, 28th October.
Maia Weinstock's original Ideas submission proposed the inclusion of Katherine Johnson, whose work was the subject of this year's Hidden Figures film. However she's not present in this set because, as a company spokeperson explained to Gizmodo, "In order for us to move forward with a partner we need to obtain approval from all key people, which was not possible in this case. We naturally fully respect this decision.".
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When the LAN moved to a new software platform in the summer the listing we used to retrieve was no longer available so we have been unable to post it for the last few months.
Now, thanks to Kim in LEGO's community team, a new source of data has been made available to us with enough information in it to be able to display our familiar listing grouped by continent, as you can see in this article just posted.
The data we receive is a little different, though, and if the ambassador who posted the event doesn't specify a country in the event's location then we can't put it in the right place in the table without manual intervention (which I'm keen to avoid). Also, only the start date of multi-day events is provided.
Still, it's good to be able to display it again and from now on you can expect to see it on the home page every Sunday, as before.
It was a very difficult competition to judge: we had around one thousand imaginative and creative entries featuring characters from films, TV, video games, history, music, cartoons and much more. To make it harder there were two categories, physical builds and digital entries.
The judges considered the familiarity of the characters, likeness, originality, parts usage and presentation of the entries and whittled them down to two shortlists of 12. Then, the ten judges, including Marcos Bessa, senior designer of BrickHeadz at LEGO, picked their favourites from the lists.
UK book discounter The Book People is currently selling the new DK book Ultimate LEGO Star Wars for the bargain price of £9.99 (RRP £35) , which is an incredible saving so soon after its release.
Furthermore, because it's a handpicked favourite at the store you'll receive an extra 15% off when you use the code PICKED15 at the checkout.
It's authored by Andrew Becraft and Chris Malloy of The Brothers Brick, it contains photos that I contributed and it's printed on high quality paper stock. So, for less than a tenner you can't go wrong.
I received a copy of the book last week and will be reviewing it soon. Suffice to say now, though, that it is the most comprehensive book published on the subject and a must-have for all LEGO Star Wars fans.
Place your order today. International shipping is available for a very reasonable price, so it's probably cheaper to buy it here and have it shipped to the USA, or wherever.