Planning on exhibiting at BrickLive Glasgow or London?

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Here's word from the organisers of the fan zones at the forthcoming Brick Live shows:

There’s still time to apply if you’d like to display at either the Glasgow or London BRICK LIVE events for this year, but the deadlines are coming up. We’ve had some great submissions already, but we’d love to see what you’ve been building!

Submissions can be made on the show's website at http://brick.community

Glasgow deadline: end of this Sunday; 30th April, London deadline: end of next Sunday, 7th May.

Win family tickets for the LEGO House opening day on 28th of September 2017

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LEGO is offering you a chance win a trip to The LEGO House on opening day by signing up to the newsletter:

50 families will win tickets to enter the LEGO House Experience Zones on the opening day – and take part in the public celebration on the terraces of LEGO House. The only thing you have to do to be in the competition is to sign up for the LEGO House Newsletter. This way you will also receive the latest news about all the great experiences at LEGO House.

Sign up here: https://www.legohouse.com/en-gb/info/newsletter-signup Good luck!

Creator Expert Carousel revealed!

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Here's a press release for the next Creator Expert set, and it's a beauty!

10257 Carousel, 2,670 pieces.
US $199.99 - CA $249.99 - DE 179.99€ - UK £159.99 - DK 1499.00 DKK
Available 1st June. Early access for VIPs in mid-May is likely but unconfirmed.

Discover the fairground’s star attraction with the Carousel!

Experience the majestic Carousel with a wealth of delightful features, including a large textile canopy, ornate reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, and a 2-tier deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with 5 buildable animal rides, including a white swan and 4 moving animals.

Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates. This delightful LEGO Creator Expert model has an iconic elegance that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance and adventure. Upgrade with LEGO Power Functions for fully motorized operation.

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Throwback Thursday: Technic 1978-79

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Following on from the last Throwback Thursday article that I posted at the end of last year, here is an article about the 1978 and 1979 LEGO Technical Sets, as they were then still known.

In among these sets were the LEGO Technical Sets my father purchased when his ship, the NZ Government research vessel GRV Tangaroa, sailed to Norfolk Island, an Australian external territory where LEGO was reported as being the cheapest in the world.

Read on as I showcase my original, and much loved, Technical sets as well as the other sets released in 1978 and 1979.

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'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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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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