'LEGO' in domain names

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Brickset, The Brick Fan, Brick Fanatics, BrickShelf, BrickLink... Have you ever wondered why LEGO fan sites never use that four-letter-word in their domain name and instead opt for something generic?

Brickset contributor Paul Mutton has written a paper on the subject which you might find interesting.

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Review: The Highwayman!

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At last, we've been given the go-ahead to reveal the 16th figure of series 17 collectable minifigures: The Highwayman!

I guess LEGO wanted to have a bit of fun with this figure to inject some mystery and excitement into its marketing campaign by not revealing it with the others.

It may well have been successful in keeping the identity a secret from Joe Public but I'm sure most of you will have found pictures on other fan sites by now given they've been turning up in shops since the beginning of the month.

Anyway, if you've not seen it yet and you're expecting something spectacular I think you'll be disappointed. It's a nice figure but not really worthy of such special treatment.

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This week at Catawiki

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The LEGO auction at Catawiki comes to an end today. Here are some of the lots that caught my eye:

You can view all 100 lots on our Catawiki auction listing page.

Early ideas books

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There's a dearth of news at the moment so let's have a #ThrowbackTuesday rather than wait until Thursday...

Over the last few weeks Matt Hocker has been busy scanning old printed material for inclusion in our library and today I found the time to add some of it, starting with five old Ideas Books, which are always fascinating to browse.

The highlight is Ideas Book No. 1 from 1960 which is particularly interesting because as well as showing children what can be built using the limited selection of bricks available at the time, it also extols the virtues of 'LEGO as a hobby' for adults.

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Review: 30449 The Milano

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The Milano is the main spacecraft used by the Guardians of the Galaxy for interstellar flights and has been officially rendered in LEGO three times, including a mini polybag version, 30449 The Milano.

It's currently available at Toys R Us in the UK for £4.99 or is free with LEGO Super Heroes purchases over £15, which is a low threshold for such a cool freebie.

We'll be reviewing this year's main rendition of the craft, in 76081 The Milano vs. The Abilisk next week, but in the meantime I've taken a few pictures of the the mini one for your perusal.

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Forthcoming events

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The following events are taking place in the next 30 days:

Africa
South AfricaDisplay Event at Lilliputs06 - 07 MayRosebank, Johannesburg
Asia
ThailandThailand Toy Expo 201704 - 07 MayBangkok
Europe
BelgiumBrick Mania Liège 201720 - 21 MayLiège
GermanyBRICKMANIE 2017 - Solingen Germany13 MaySolingen 42699
IrelandNaas Library 19 and 20 May 201719 - 20 MayCo. Kildare
ItalyRomaBrick Latina 201729 Apr - 01 MayBorgo Faiti, Latina
ItalyBrianzaLUG @ Fragolosa 201713 - 14 May20060 Cassina de'Pecchi (MI)
PortugalSanjoanense BRInCKa 201729 Apr - 01 MaySão João da Madeira
RomaniaRoLUG Exhibit: Under Construction – 2nd Floor10 - 21 MayBucharest
SpainComic Con Spain 201728 - 30 Apr11405 - Jerez de la Frontera, (Cádiz)
SpainALEbricks! 201705 - 06 MayFuenlabrada (Madrid)
SwitzerlandSteinCHenwelt 2017 (as part of Bricklive Basel)12 - 21 MayBasel
United KingdomThe Yorkshire Brick Show 201730 Apr - 01 MayWakefield, West Yorkshire,WF1 1EP
United KingdomLego Meetup - May 2017 - Pirate Ships05 MayLondon
United KingdomSLUG Brickfest 201714 MaySheffield S8 8BR
United KingdomSLUG Brickfest 201714 MaySheffield, S6 4BB
North America
United StatesMaker Faire Bay Area19 - 21 MaySan Mateo, CA 94403
Oceania
AustraliaToowoomba Brick Event20 - 21 MayToowoomba
South America
PeruMay The Brick Be With You 201706 - 07 MayLima

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This list has been obtained from the LEGO Ambassador Network. To have your event added to it, contact your LUG Ambassador.

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