2020 LEGO® House Fan Day: Now Online. Registrations Open.

At the end of September, the Annual Skærbæk LEGO® Fan Weekend was to be taking place. In conjunction with this, there was to be a Fan day at the LEGO House. It was at this event in 2017 that the house was officially opened.

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Q&A with the LEGO Covid Face Shield Team

Back in April, we reported on the LEGO Group producing eye shields for health care workers, looking after patients with COVID-19 in Southern Denmark. In my ‘day job,’ I work as an anaesthesiologist. The availability of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers has been a topic of conversation amongst my colleagues for a few months, and I was excited to hear of the development. While we have had little to worry about in Australia, I realise that PPE remains an important issue in many parts of the world, as supply chains get re-established.

A group of Recognised LEGO Fan Media – including Brickset, New Elementary, Hispabrick Magazine, Brickfinder, as well as myself – had the opportunity to put some additional questions to the team responsible for the production of these face shields….

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CheepJokes Talks To Brickman about Series 2 of LEGO Masters Australia

Our Friend, Andrew over at Cheepjokes, had the chance to catch up with Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, the Judge for LEGO Masters Australia, in time for the series premiere this weekend.

The interview is now online on his Youtube channel – read on for more

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Building the Theatre of Dreams. Are My Dreams the Same as Yours? [Review Old Trafford 10272; LEGO House 21037]

Earlier this year, the AFOL Engagement team ysent me a copy of Old Trafford for review purposes. This felt pretty great. But I have a problem. I don’t really engage with soccer, or football…or any other team based sporting codes, for that matter. So, when confronted by a set that would have the potential to give a Manchester United Fan goosebumps, I was worried that I might be left cold. How could I possibly hope to recreate the passion of a die hard fan with an epic Creator Expert Set?

Apparently people like football. Or soccer, depending on where you are. Some of these people are LEGO Fans as well. LEGO have taken a punt on the fact that, probably, there are some Football fans out there who would not mind building an iconic stadium out of the plastic bricks they loved as children.

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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!

Getting Sorted II: Seeking Professional Help [Brick Architect Labels]

In which I attempt to label my storage drawers, only to discover technical difficulties getting in my way. I overcome these and have a Q&A with Tom Alphin, who has created a set of labels to use in these circumstances.

A couple of months ago (closer to three ) I set about getting some of my bricks sorted out. I now have lots and lots of small drawers, useful for the small fiddly bits, and larger boxes, more suited to traditional bricks and plates, of varying size.

But, its all very well having approximately 250 small drawers full of smaller LEGO® elements, BUT when they are semi opaque, how are you going to know what’s in them. I thought I might set out to label them. So, I reached for the trusty family label maker, perhaps a little underused in the last 5 years, typed up 1×2 with horizontal clip and pressed print.

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#LEGOStillLife Challenge – Forthcoming LEGO® Publishing line for Adults announced

It’s a busy weekend with all of the news coming out from the New York Toy Fair starting to surface. In the meantime, I received notice of an interesting competition from Chronicle Books, announcing a new publishing line aimed squarely at the adult market. As we have seen, with the increased number of sets aimed at adult LEGO Fans, we are an increasingly important market for LEGO. In a presentation the Nuremberg toy fair, it was announced that (in Germany at least) 10% of the revenue from LEGO purchases was from purchases being made for adults.

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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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Looking Back on the last decade with 2020 Hindsight…

Happy new year: Welcome to 2020. I rediscovered playing with LEGO Bricks as my kids were growing up. When we attended a Fan Event in 2009, I discovered that being an AFOLwas actually a thing you could do! I now realise that I have been an AFOL for a little over 10 years, and during that time we have seen a number of changes – this coincides with the opportunity to have a look at some of the changes we have seen with the LEGO sets being sold to us over the last decade.

It feels as though the number of sets has ballooned, and that the number of parts in a set has also increased over that time. And what about Licenced themes: Some days it feels as though they have been taking over the LEGO shelves in the toy stores. But have they really proliferated that much?

Now that we are at the end of the 2010’s, I thought we could approach the decade with 2020 hindsight: Let’s take a look at the data in the Brickset Database, and take a year by year look at the number of sets being produced, as well as the number of sets with high part counts (lets define that as over 1000).

We’ll look at the number of themes over this period as well: how many are related to a single intellectual property (IP)? Some themes relate to multiple IPs, while others remain home grown, within the LEGO group, and are dependent on nothing except the imagination of the designers.

Who knows what else we might stumble across along the way. Grab a coffee. There will be graphs. Lots of graphs…

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