Check out the New Modular Bookshop 10270: You wouldn't read about it.

The Creator Expert Modular Buildings have been going from strength to strength over the last few years, since the conrbersial decision to move from the ‘Classic Smiley’ face to a style consistent with the contemporary LEGO Graphic design language. Last year we saw the corner garage, and today we see the announcement of the latest in this series: the 10270 Bookshop. Due for release on the 1st January, 2020; this set has 2504 pieces, is recommended for builders over 16 years of age, and will cost US $179.99–CA $199.99 –DE €159.99 –UK £149.99 – FR €159.99 – DK 1299DKK. This is $USD10 more than the Downtown diner, and as such is probably reasonable to assume that it will be similar to that set’s $AUD250 price tag. Give or Take.

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The LEGO Group Buys Out BrickLink.

No, it is not April the 1st!

When I attended my first LEGO®️ Fan show as an adult, a little over 10 years ago, I discovered two things: One was that it was OK to be both an adult, and a fan of LEGO. The other was that I could find almost any set or element from the past or present at a online marketplace called Bricklink.

Bricklink has been one of the resources that has enabled hundreds of thousands of LEGO fans to realise their creative vision, through providing access to the widest palette of parts. And for some, it has also allowed people to recoup some of the costs incurred with purchasing sets for specific elements, by selling on leftover elements. And then there are the ongoing ways that Bricklink has set out to value add for AFOLS: MOC Shop, Stud.io and the AFOL Designer Program. Bricklink has managed to fill many of the gaps left behind by LEGO, through vintage sets, obsolete parts and por ongoing support for LDD software.

In recent years, LEGO have also become more engaged with Bricklink, with the AFOL Designer Program recently delivering some amazing sets, designed by members of the AFOL community.

And then today, we hear the most incredible news coming out of Billund…

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Build to Give 2019 Campaign Launched:

Over the last few years, the LEGO Group, through their charity partners, have delivered hundreds of thousands of LEGO sets to children in hospital, as well as vulnerable children in need around the world. This year…they have set their target at 1000000 sets to be delivered to children in need around the world.

Through the Build to Give campaign, the LEGO Group donated more than 500.000 LEGO® sets last year to children around the world. This holiday season, the company seeks to double the donation and is asking builders’ help to reach a donation of 1 million LEGO sets to bring a smile to the faces of children in need of play. 

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Something Sweet for the Winter Village: Announcement 10267 Gingerbread House.

Ginger bread houses seem to have become a tradition at Christmas time. And this year, the Holiday themed Creator Expert set is seeking to bypass the Winter Village, and is instead taking a left turn toward fairy tales and make believe, and giving us a Gingerbread House with all the trimmings, but none of the calories.

10267 Gingerbread House: Ages 12+. 1477 pieces

US $99.99 – CA $139.99 – DE €89.99 – UK £84.99 – FR €94.99 – DK 799DKK –AUD $159.99

Available October 1 2019; September 18th for VIP Customers.

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The ISD Devastator Approaches [Announcement 75252 UCS Star Destroyer]

IDS Devastator, in pursuit of the Tantive IV above Tatooine.

March, 1978. The Belgrave Cameo cinema. I was attending a matinee screening of Star Wars (in those days, there was only one) with friends for my birthday. The film had been out for 5 months. I’d read every book and magazine article I could. I’d read the comics adaptation. And now I was seeing it for the first time. I knew what was going to happen, on an intellectual level. A battle. A ship, that looks bigger and more detailed than anything I had seen before. But this was followed by another: bigger, more greebling than we had everseen before, and associated with a low, sub woofer grumble (although, technically, subwoofers weren’t much of a thing in the cinemas in 1978). It was shooting to disable the first ship – later identified as the Tantive IV (I first heard this name in 1980, on the NPR radio play). Successful in its mission, it hovered over the Tantive, and took it into its hold. Revealling the absolutely massive scale that we were dealing with here. This was a massive vehicle – starting off a massive story, that still continues, over 40 years later.

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LEGO Ideas Tree House 21318 Announced

There is something about a tree house that sparks the imagination: a place to take your imagination and go anywhere in the world, doing virtually anything. Today the LEGO Group officially unveil the latest LEGO Ideas set – the Tree House 21318, based on Kevin Feeser’s submission to the Ideas Program. Initially submitted to the Crowdsourcing website in 2017, it took just 4 months to reach 10000 supporters.

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Welcome…to Jurassic Park! [Announcement 75936 T. rex Rampage]

When the original Jurassic park film was released, a little over 25 years ago, it was one of the most impressive films I had ever seen, for the sheer scale of spectacle. Dinosaurs have always been impressive creatures, whatever your age, but the LEGO dinosaurs seen in the sets of recent years, while fun, have lacked a certain spectacle of scale. More a case of click in the legs, head and tail:”Rrrrrooooooaaarrrr, curse your inevitable betrayal.”

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