Rambling Brick Turns Four

On January 30, 2016, the Rambling Brick was born. Four years ago, give or take a couple of hours. Please pardon a little indulgence as I take a quick look through some highlights of the last 12 months.

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Questions About the LEGO Group’s Acquisition of Bricklink? Now’s the time to ask.

Since the LEGO Group announced their acquisition of Bricklink, lots of questions have come up. From availability of recalled sets and elements for safety reasons, through to concerns about controlling the primary and secondary markets, and implications for sellers and buyers, questions continue to surface.

Chief Marketing Officer, Julia Goldin, has announced an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) over on the Bricklink forums, giving community members the chance to ask questions about the acquisition. You can find the link here. You will need to be logged into Bricklink to add to the AMA.

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LEGO® DOTS Officially Revealed. [ANZ Pricing available]

In recent years, there have been rumours of a new jewellery/craft centred theme: DOTS. This range has been officially unveiled at the Nuremberg Toy Fair today, as we as a site in London, where Artist Camille Walala has just unveiled a house tiled with LEGO® Dots.

Looking like a fusion between household accessories and jewellery, the new DOTS sets allow you to decorate with a collection of plain and decorated tiles. We will see a range of bracelets as well as jewellery boxes, pencil holders and more, when the line is released in early March 2020. Read on for further images…

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See in the Year of the Rat at the Temple Fair [Review 80105]

I recently looked at the 80104 Lion Dance, one of the sets released to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar New Year of the Rat. I said it was one of the most beautiful sets I had seen in recent years. Today, I get rid of the qualifier, as I look at the 80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair – this is quite simply the most beautiful set I have ever put together. It is a set characterised by multiple small vignettes, a larger temple build, a novel tree design, and over a dozen mini figures. There are lots of printed elements, and precisely NO stickers.

The set has no elements specific to the Year of the Rat and, as such, could come each year, unchanged.

It is a set on the larger size of things, with a part count of around 1663. On opening the box, it looked as if I had some work ahead of me…

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Welcome to the Year of the Rat [80104 review]

When we got our first peek art the 2020/ Year of the Rat LEGO Sets, my first impression was that they were some of the most beautiful LEGO sets I have ever seen. The design aesthetic is quite different to that seen typically with LEGO City, Castle or even Creator Expert sets. What I must say is that I appreciate the work done by the AFOL Engagement team at LEGO, who made representation to the Global Marketing team last year – and as such, these sets are now available around the world – not merely limited to the Asia-Pacific region. When they became available locally, I headed out to pick them up, and I must say, I am delighted.

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21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station to be Released on Feb 1 2020

Christopher Ruge originally submitted this model of the International Space Station to the LEGO Ideas Platform back in 2017, and despite reaching 10000 supporters, it was not successful in the initial review. However,later in 2019, several submissions were opened for reconsideration, celebrating 10 years of the LEGO Ideas Platform, and the time has come for this model to take to the skies. The set is due to be released on 1st February 2020.

21321 International Space Station

Ages 16+. 864 pieces

US $69.99 – CA $99.99 – DE €69.99 – UK £64.99 – FR €59.99 – DK 549DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

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Celebrating 110 years of Old Trafford – Iconic Stadium gets its own LEGO® set

For the first time ever, Manchester United fans can now build and showcase a unique and authentic LEGO® model of the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

10272 Old Trafford – Manchester United, 3898 Parts,

US $299.99 – CA $349.99 – DE €269.99 – UK £249.99 – FR €269.99 – DK 2199DKK AUD $449.99

Available 16/1 for VIPs at LEGO.com, with general availability from 1st February.

Historically, I have not been much of a sportsball fan. To quote the LEGO Movie “Go, local Sports Team” However, when I was growing up, if I had not been aware of any other English football team, here in Australia, I knew that Manchester United existed. Manchester United’s fans are spread around the world, and are passionate in their love for the club.

This year is the 110th anniversary of the the opening of Manchester United’s home ground, the stadium at Old Trafford. It may have suffered significant damage while being bombed in the Second World War. Most of the stands might have been redesigned and rebuilt several times, but it remains the second largest stadium in Great Britain- second only to Wembley stadium, and certainly the largest stand used for regular home and away matches. (the largest recorded crowd at Old Trafford was 76,962, in March 1939. The current capacity of the ground is 75879, and so will need to be expanded once more if this record is to be broken.

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