Ship in a Bottle (LEGO® Ideas 21313 Official Announcement) has

Don’t bottle up those emotions: After a few teases through the LEGO® Twitter feed,  the official release details of set 21313 LEGO Ideas: Ship in a Bottle (The Flagship Leviathan) arrived on the desk today.  Having reached 10000 supporters in around two months, this was one of the most rapidly supported models on the Ideas platform.

The set will be released through LEGO Retail Channels on February 1st, 2018, with NO early access for VIPs. The final model has 962 elements. It will retail for AUD$119.99 NZD $149.99 -US $69.99 – CA $89.99 – DE 69.99€ – UK £69.99 – DK 599.00 DKK

Some of the images used in the social media campaign have been produced by members of the Toy Photography Community. This one was taken at Point Roadknight, just off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia by Brett Wilson.

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Women of NASA: unsung heroes of one generation, inspiration for the next!

Untitled 8.pngThe Announcement last year that the Women of NASA ideas submission from Maia Weinstock was to be developed into a set seemed to be greeted with a combination of excitement and disappointment, from different parties. There were complaints of it just being a collection of minifigures,  only appealing to girls, not having as many elements as a UCS Millennium Falcon and being yet another NASA related Ideas set! But it is so much more than that.

Certainly with only 231 elements, it is the second smallest Ideas set to hit the market, next to the 21110 Research Institute, which was released in 2014. After the Old fishing store, however, I don’t need to have another set with a high piece count on display.

The set features several women who are notable in their contribution to the US space program in varied ways: I will discuss each of them in turn with their vignette.

This set was released on November 1st, and took a few weeks to make its way from Denmark to Melbourne. The box, like many of the Ideas  sets is robust, and designed to be kept. It is a similar design to many of the other ideas sets, as well as the boxes for the Architecture series.

The instruction manual provides a background on each of the people portrayed in the set, as well as both the fan designer and the set designers from the LEGO Group.

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Stressed by the Elements: Saturn V, Tiles, Plates and the Legality of Connections.

In which I build the Saturn V Ideas set, almost lose it in a wind gust, consider the legality of the American flag on the moon and Jamie Berard helps us to establish that plates and tiles are more different than we may have previously considered…

IMG_7086I have just been fortunate to complete one of the most satisfying builds I have attempted in recent years.  The LEGO® Ideas Saturn V Rocket  21309 was released on June 1st, to wide accalaim. The Rambling Brick was fortunate to secure a copy on release day, courtesy of of the LEGO® Community Engagement Team.  Any opinions expressed here are, however, my own. The set has been subject to backorder on shop.lego.com for some time, and production continues to catch up with demand.  This may take some time.

IMG_7116Since completing the model, I have been confronted by a severe weather warning, with the possibility of destructive winds – up to 120 km/h (roughly 70MPH).  This is a shame, as the winter sun has been shining brightly today: just what you need to take stirring, outdoor shots of an amazing model.  On setting the model up outside, it became apparant that there are reasons for spaceflights being delayed due to bad weather.  I managed one or two shots before catching the falling bohemoth, as it attempted to attain equilibrium in its ongoing battle with the forces of nature. That is to say, i caught it before it hit the ground.

Perhaps I’ll try again on a less windy day.

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Live from Billund: Old fishing store, first pictures.

I am currently visiting Billund with other Recognised LEGO Fan Media organisations. We have 3 jam packed days of meetings, tours and networking opportunities.

I will bring further reports over the next few weeks, however at the end of the the first day, we were treated to the official unveiling of the latest Ideas set to be unveiled, 21310 the Old Fishing Store.

Over 2000 pieces, due for release September 1, 2017.  The Australian price is yet to be confirmed.

Here are some early pictures: lots of sand green, browns and printed parts.  A few stickers, but none are critical for the build. And seagulls, crabs and lobsters!

What do you think?

It looks like a fantastic set, with lots of great details for builders, as well as parts for those who wish to build their own creation.

I’ll post more news later in the week.
Play well.