4×2 Day: A Day for LEGO Play – Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of SNOT Bricks

As I write this, I am in the closing moments of the Second of April, 2020, Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Although the clock might tick over before I publish. This year, for various reasons, I missed April 1st.. Where I am writing, in Australia , we refer to the date as the date as 2/4/20. If I was elsewhere, I might think of today as 4/2. Oddly enough, I’m not the only one who when hearing those numbers in combination isn’t only thinking about a pice of treated pine used in building construction. When I hear 4×2, I also think of the brick that debuted over 60 years ago, and from there, I make the leap to LEGO in general.

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LEGO® TECHNIC™ GOES FULL THROTTLE WITH DOM’S DODGE CHARGER SET FROM THE FAST & FURIOUS FRANCHISE [Announcment 42111]

It was recently announced that the latest film in the Fast and the Furious Saga – F9 – has been pushed back 12 months, to April 2021. It had been previously scheduled to open in May 2020, but with cinemas around the world currently closed due to the COVID19 Pandemic, this fan favourite series was unlikely to attract the same audience as the previous instalment, which broke box-office records.

While we might have to deal with this setback, in our own ways, the LEGO Group and Universal Studios have announced imminent release of a 1077 piece, LEGO Technic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Priced at USD 99.99/€99.99, it will be released in late April.

Given my failure to fully understand cars, I shall let the Press release and the photos speak for themselves.

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HispaBrick Magazine 034 is Now Available.

The world has become a bit of a crazy place since the arrival of the pandemic. But some people seem to be getting more and more chances to explore their hobby, and spend a bit of time with their bricks. And it is in this setting that I have received notice the HispaBrick Magazine 034 has been released, and is mow available for download from https://www.hispabrickmagazine.com/downloads/

What can we expect this time?

With a bit of a delay… HispaBrick Magazine 034 is here! It took longer than usual because we have a new member on the team. She is a BFOD (Baby Fan Of Duplo) who prefers her father plays with her rather than allowing him to prepare the magazine for the whole AFOL community 🙂

The cover of this issue is very special. It is a tribute to the mother of Luigi Priori, one of our contributors, who passed away recently. This cover is a heartfelt tribute and a show of support to our friend.

During this time of confinement, we’re delighted to show you Antha’s models, and you can see how the Star Wars Boost Droid Orchestra was made. Although we can’t travel, we will do a virtual tour of the LEGO Store in Shanghai and relive the emotional moments of Christmas with a proposal by StuckInPlastic.

We also have our EV3 Programming tutorial, we’ll see another analysis of the Friends minidolls, and we’ll analyze a lot of sets from 2019, but providing extra information about the apps that control them. And of course, the number 034 of our comic strip, “Desmontados”.

And as we are in the time of being at home, we have a special offer for you: All issues of HispaBrick Magazine FREE! Of course, they always are, but it’s a good excuse to sail through 12 years of LEGO hobby if you haven’t done it yet.

Enjoy!

I always enjoy spending a bit of time reading through HispaBrick Magazine. Why not take a look (it’s free) and leave your thoughts below.

In the mean time, the #Ramblingherohabitat competition is still open, with another 2 weeks before entries close. Keep your pictures of minifigure heroes in habitats coming in – there is such great variety coming through. You can read all the details here.

In the mean time, stay safe, and until next time…

Play Well!

Piratepalooza 2020: Announcing LEGO Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay.

It is now almost 31 years ago since the LEGO Pirates range was released into the world. Inspiring years of adventure, pirates holds a special place in the heart of many Lego fans from the 80’s and 90’s , as well as those who came late to the party in 2009 and the early/mid teens.

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Star Wars Helmets: Delve Into the Dark Side 18+ [Announcement]

It’s mid March. Over recent years, sometime around now, we hear about the new LEGO Star Wars release, normally an Ultimate Collector Series set, that gets released in April, in preparation for Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You). This year its a little different. A little more… Adult.

Breaking a tradition of spaceships, and bases, this year we see the first ever ‘Build to Display’ Helmets, aimed to provide a more adult audience with an 18+ age recommendation.

Promising a more challenging building experience, these models, based on some of the more malicious characters in the Star Wars movies. Depicting a Stormtrooper, Bounty Hunter Boba Fett and a TIE Fighter Pilot, there models set out to provide an interesting brick building experience.

These sets will be available to pre-order later today, with general availability from April 19 2020.

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Build a Minifigure Habitat for a HERO, and win LEGO® Prizes. #ramblingherohabitats

The last week has seen the COVID-19 pandemic declared. Public events around the world have been cancelled, including many LEGO® Fan shows. Even the LEGO House has shut its doors for the time being. Europe has just declared the new epicentre of the pandemic, with borders closing, and quarantine being enforced in many countries. The USA has been declared to be in the grip of a national emergency, and the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled. Our hearts go out to families around the world that have been affected by COVID-19 – those affected directly the illness, and those whose livelihoods are affected by the economic consequences of the pandemic.

In these troubled, uncertain times, we need someone to turn to. We need a symbol of hope, and reassurance that that although we have a struggle ahead of us, we will get through as best we can as a society.

We Need A HERO!

And so I thought I would take this as a prompt for my next Rambling Brick Habitat Competition.

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