We Need a Hero: DC Superheroes Collectable Minifigures 71026 [Review]

We seem to be settling into a pattern in the way that Collectable minifigures are being issued during the year: two licensed series and a generic ‘Series x’ collection. Last year, we saw the first series for the year containing figures from the LEGO Movie: The Second Part, and then finally, series 19. I am uncertain as to when we can expect to see series 20 this year. Or what we might see in the other licensed series (if the pattern of the last couple of years continues). I worry that we might be headed towards the same franchising that we see in the cinematic multiplexes today: Disney 3, Harry Potter/Wizarding World 2, Simpsons 3, LEGO Movie 2 and so forth. Or there might be another theme coming our way… we can only hope.

This time we have a new series of Figures based on DC Heroes and villains, from across the last 80 years. This series features 16 figures, with three complete sets and a few spares available in a box. Fellow LEGO® ambassador, @cheepjokes has shared his minifigures with me. As such, I have not had the opportunity to confirm the distribution of figures within the box myself… but let’s take a look at who’s inside.

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The Aged Fate of 6000 Ideas Book's Bill and Mary: Conclusion, Speculation and Outrageous Fan Theories

In which we try to tie up the loose ends, identify our heroes, and after one thing leads another, discover something we never set out to.

For almost a year, now, I have been exploring the potential for ongoing adventures of Mary and Bill – these minifigures first appeared in the 6000 Ideas Book, published in time for Christmas 1979. We started off looking at the 6000 Ideas Book itself, covering the story set in the town, and then the weird space bit, along with the Castle bit.

I asked a Big Question: Could Mary and Bill still be found in the world of LEGO City today? For characters to survive nearly 40 years, we would need to be confident that we see story telling occurring within the in-house themes, that characters see development over the course of years, and that they have the potential to cross themes, as Bill and Mary did in the book, and indeed would need to to move from Book characters to LEGO City.

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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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