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Vader Pod Promotion Cancelled, LEGO Offers 10% Off Instead

Brickset is reporting that the Vader Pod promotion scheduled to occur on December 15th, 2017 through January 14th, 2018 has been cancelled due to quality control issues. In its place, they are...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]Original link
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75184 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 Spamapalooza! – Day 7

Yesterday’s boat came in. Who or what will be on it? Day 7 – First Order Stormtrooper Well that makes sense. No Cap Phasma figure but a lot of kids would love another generic stormie to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]Original link
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"...This Is Rogue Two, I Found Them, I Repeat I Found Them"

The snowspeeder is one of my favorite Star Wars ships. It's angular design and no-nonsense style always appealed to me. There's been many attempts to build it this small (just look at all the Star Wars advent calendars) but I think this one by Rogue Bantha is the most successful I've seen. Built for the Star Wars building contest on Brickset.

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LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376) Promotion Cancelled

For those who have been for the LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Pod (5005376) that’s supposed to come out later this month as a promotion, I’m sorry to say that the product has been cancelled. I’ve known this information for a few days now but LEGO has released an official statement of why the promo will not be happening.

Star Wars Pod No. 5005376

We have to inform that as part of our internal quality screening process, we have found that the Star Wars Metalized Pod 5005376 does not meet our strict standards. As you know, we take the quality and safety of our products extremely seriously, and so out of an abundance of caution we have decided not to launch the Star Wars Pod.

We are committed to continuing support for our Star Wars promotion, and will offer consumers 10% off across all LEGO® Star Wars products from 18th – 24th December 2017, excluding the Millennium Falcon product (75192).

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The top 10 best LEGO sets of 2017: What to buy the LEGO builder who really only wants more LEGO sets [News]

With the release of not one but two LEGO-themed movies in theaters, plus the re-release of two sought-after LEGO sets, 2017 has yielded a cornucopia of excellent LEGO sets across many themes. Here at The Brothers Brick, we reviewed nearly 70 of the sets LEGO released in 2017, which is still just a fraction of all the new sets that LEGO produced this year. As you wrap up your holiday shopping (perhaps complemented by more than just LEGO sets), here are our favorite LEGO sets among those we reviewed here on TBB in 2017.

#10: LEGO Architecture 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The second incarnation in LEGO of the iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York City kicks off the list at #10. 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum increases the color palette for more realism, while adding innovative building techniques that take advantage of newer curved slopes. (744 pieces for $79.99, currently $63.99 from Amazon.)

#9: LEGO Star Wars 75172 Y-wing Starfighter

The best and most detailed LEGO Y-wing released since 1999 depicts a Blue Squadron starfighter from the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One. 75172 Y-wing Starfighter includes 691 pieces with 5 minifigs for $59.99, which was already a fantastic price for a Star Wars set, but is currently reduced further at $47.99 from Amazon.

#8: LEGO Speed Champions 75881 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40

We loved the combination of vintage and modern race cars in 75881 2016 Ford GT & 1966 Ford GT40, celebrating the victories of Ford cars in 1966 and 2016 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The set comes with 366 pieces to build two cars, and retails for $29.99 — if you can find it anywhere!

#7: LEGO Creator Expert 10255 Assembly Square

The largest modular building set so far at 4,002 pieces arrived in January 2017 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first modular, 10182 Cafe Corner. True to the spirit of its forebears, 10255 Assembly Square set is highly detailed both outside and inside. Assembly Square retails for $279.99 — a steal for over four thousand pieces.

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Changes Are Coming To Friends Minidolls In 2018

There was this post over at Friends Bricks’ Facebook page that had a message from “The LEGO team in Billund”: From the LEGO Friends Team in Billund: Every year we strive to innovate...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]Original link
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The LEGO Group Wins Copyright Infringement Case Against BELA

In The LEGO Group’s seemingly endless fight against counterfeiters, the company has announced they have won against a company in China that infringes upon their copyrights. In September, the China Shantou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that BELA had indeed copied LEGO in various ways including the packaging and logo of their products from various subthemes. This marks the first time that LEGO has won a copyright infringement case in China. There is also another company that LEGO also filed a case against. There are no details on the other one at this time. Check out the full press release below.

The LEGO Group has received a favorable decision from China Shantou Intermediate People’s Court in September holding that certain BELA products infringed upon the copyrights of the LEGO Group and that manufacturing and selling of those products constituted acts of unfair competition. It is the first time the LEGO Group has filed and won an anti-unfair competition case against imitators in China.

The case was filed against two Chinese companies, which had been manufacturing and selling products that were almost identical to LEGO®products. The decisions come into effect in November 2017.

The court decided that the two Chinese companies must stop copying the packaging and logos of LEGO products in the future, as this constitutes copyright infringement. The court also decided that the LEGO Group enjoys protection under Chinese anti-unfair competition laws for the distinctive and unique appearance of certain decorative aspects of its packaging across particular product lines (in this case, LEGO Friends), which serves the purpose of making consumers immediately recognize and associate the products with the LEGO Group.

Peter Thorslund Kjær, Vice President, Legal Affairs in the LEGO Group, said: “We are pleased with the ruling by Shantou Intermediate People’s Court, which we see as a strong indication of the continued focus on proper intellectual property protection and enforcement by the Chinese courts and responsible authorities. We think this is very important for the continued development of a favorable business environment for all companies operating in the Chinese market.”

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LEGO Santa’s Sleigh with galloping reindeer

Last year, LEGO fan Jason Alleman (a.k.a. JK Brickworks) designed a motorized base that expanded the #10245 LEGO Creator Santa’s Workshop set to animate Santa’s sleigh and the four reindeer pulling it (see: LEGO Winter Village Additions & Modifications). At that time, Jason only provided instructions for the core mechanics, as he figured others would […]Original linkOriginal author: admin
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Time to travel to beautiful cityscapes

If you feel nervous about the future and dread the thought of grey concrete buildings taking over our cities, these beautiful microscale futuristic cityscapes by Jeff Friesen should calm your fears. Each unique scene is beautifully crafted, with buildings, transportation links, water, and features like bridges, parks, and flora. The colour schemes have been well thought-out and there are lots of clever details in each scene despite their diminutive size.

It is worth having a closer look at each cityscape. Jeff has used a lovely selection of parts and techniques to create the buildings and add detail to each creations. I love the elevated road in the first scene and the art-Deco style skyscrapers with their minimalistic curves.

The railway bridge is a real eye-catcher in this scene, but I can’t resist the little subterranean metro trains peaking out from beneath the city streets.

As someone who loves the colour Azure, this city scene is definitely one of my favourites. The subtle curves of the rear skyscraper are achieved using 1×2 jumper plates to allow a bit of a twist in the build.

Finally, we have a monorail transport system linking these very futuristic pods. The lime vegetation is a perfect contrast in this clean ascetic cityscape.

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Good morning, nice of you guys to drop by

As winter closes in up in the northern hemisphere, LEGO builders’ attention invariably turns to depictions of snow and ice — and for Star Wars fans, ’tis the season to be Hothy. Tim Goddard uses microscale building to great effect to depict the moment when Luke and Han get rescued after their impromptu overnight camping trip at the start of Empire Strikes Back. The little Snowspeeder is nicely done, but the highlight of this tiny scene is that tiny gutted Tauntaun — corpse-based sleeping bags never looked so good.

The post Good morning, nice of you guys to drop by appeared first on The Brothers Brick.

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2017 LEGO Advent Calendars: Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, and LEGO Friends 2017 advent calendars along with commentary from our team.

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump and posted in the evening every day, so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What bricks will we get for Day 6?

For Day 6, we have a model propeller plane from City, a mini First Order Transporter from Star Wars, and a snowboard ramp from Friends.

Chris: The plane’s not great, but then again, it’s not terrible either. The First Order Transporter looks the part, but it’s basically a WWII amphibious assault craft, so it’s not one of the more inspired designs from the Star Wars universe. Over in Friends land, you get the world’s simplest snowboarding slope, made of just three elements. Apparently LEGO thinks girls can’t build.

Dave: I like the appearance of the toy plane’s spinning propeller, and the mini-Stormtrooper transporter really captures the feel of the vehicle. But, c’mon Friends… you are better than this. (At least the snowboard has only ever been made in lime green once before in this year’s Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift.)

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LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build Up (40253) – Day 6

Throughout the days of the 2017 Christmas Build Up (40253), the builds pretty much have something that revolved around the theme of Christmas but for today’s build, it seems that we’ve jumped into springtime. That’s because the build for today is a ladybug but after doing some research it might be based on the Christmas special for the French animated series, Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Or maybe I’m just trying too hard to find a Christmas connection…

Anyways, the ladybug looks cute especially with the use of the 1×1 round eyelash tiles. There are no legs used but I think it looks fine just the way it is, don’t you think?

The post LEGO Seasonal Christmas Build Up (40253) – Day 6 appeared first on The Brick Fan.

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Great last-minute LEGO-themed holiday gifts that aren’t just more new LEGO sets [News]

It’s been a few years since we’ve posted a LEGO holiday gift guide, so we’re a bit overdue for a refresh. While the LEGO builder in your life will always appreciate more brick to add to their infinitely expanding collection, thoughtful gift-givers might want to consider these other LEGO-related options, including many under $20.

Custom LEGO minifigs & custom building kits

We’re big fans of Citizen Brick, Brickmania, BrickArms, and Chris McVeigh here at TBB. Each of these companies and individuals creates unique, innovative LEGO-themed products that LEGO is unlikely to ever produce themselves but that fit seamlessly with our existing LEGO collections.

Case in point, LEGO will probably never make The X-Files or Breaking Bad minifigures, but our friends at Citizen Brick have produced “Eks Files” and “Lab Partners” minifigs that match the quality of official LEGO minifigs. With custom pad printing on nearly every element, CB minifigs generally run about $15 each.

(Full disclosure: We love Citizen Brick so much we recently asked them to become one of our first sponsors — so you’ll also be helping out TBB by supporting the great people of CB.)

We’ve been reviewing custom LEGO kits from Brickmania for several years now. Their team has expanded to include several new designers, in addition to head honcho Dan Siskind. The larger team hasn’t sacrificed creativity or quality, though, and I continue to be especially impressed with the aircraft designed by Cody Osell — Brickmania isn’t just about tanks anymore! I recently built Dan’s WW2 Japanese Nakajima Ki-84 “Hayate” fighter, and it’s utterly gorgeous in dark green with a custom-printed Imperial Japanese Army pilot.

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LEGO Friends 2018 Design Change Explained

The 2018 LEGO Friends sets will be coming out in a few weeks and you’ve probably noticed that there are some slight changes to the girls. The LEGO Friends design team in Billund has given an official announcement of why they’ve changed which you can read below.

Every year we strive to innovate and make our products even better for children all over the world. A lot of effort has gone into the development of the LEGO characters and universes across our entire product range, so it makes us very happy when changes are noticed.

LEGO Friends in 2018 looks a bit different than what it has in the past. To be specific, the 5 main characters have a slightly different look but also the city and the citizens of Heartlake City have changed.

But what are the reasons for the change?

Firstly, we want to assure you that all 5 friends are still there in 2018.

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A gem of a garbage truck [Instructions]

This isn’t the first time that Flickr user de-marco has built a really nifty LEGO garbage truck. Hopefully, this time won’t be the last time either. In the builder’s latest exploration of the genre, there’s a push towards a more avant-garde garbage truck. From the curved sides to the grab rail on the back, this type of vehicle is certainly familiar to any city dweller.

What’s that you said? You want instructions for this build so you can make your own? Look no further…

The post A gem of a garbage truck [Instructions] appeared first on The Brothers Brick.

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Master Wu Keychain, Mini London Bus, Darth Vader Pod Promos AT LEGO [email protected]

I got my LEGO [email protected] promo pack the other day and here they are: 1) A Master Wu keychain can be yours with a minimum purchase of $35 in LEGO merch at a LEGO Brand Retail location or at LEGO...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]Original link
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75184 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 Spamapalooza! – Day 6

Yesterday was a random dude, could today be something more specific? Who knows! Day 6 – Stormtrooper Transport Remember that weird flying boat thing that dumped shiny new Stormtroopers on that...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]Original link
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Soapy

If you weren't actively looking for cool LEGO creations you might not even give this picture by Anthony SÉJOURNÉ a second look. From the thumbnail it just looks like a well photographed bar of soap. But look closer and you see it's a very clever build. While it's not going to get your hands any cleaner, it's certainly a clean build.

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Komodo Dragon

One thing everyone knows about Komodo dragons is they're big, really big, the biggest lizards on the planet. What you may not realize about this brick-built version by d' Qiu Brick is that it's pretty much actual size (for a small Komodo dragon they can grow up to 9 feet!). Click through for pictures with a minifig for scale and prepare to be stunned.

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LEGO Ideas Tron: Legacy set coming & more!

I haven’t had room to post this yet due to all the holiday shopping news, specials, and new releases, but the next LEGO Ideas set was announced a few days ago at the LEGO Ideas blog. Below are the submissions that were up for review during this period, as well as details about the chosen […]Original linkOriginal author: admin
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