New Spring Festival Sets for 2020 Announced: APAC Release: December 26 – Rest of the World: January 10!

After last year’salmost unanticipated success of the 80102 Dragon Dance, and the 80101 Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner, the LEGO Group have just announced the two sets to be released for next year’s celebrations, as we welcome in the Year of the Rat: 80104 Lion dance and the 80105 Chinese New Year Traditional Temple Fair.

These sets build on the foundation set by last year’s sets, and carry the story telling to the next level. For MOC builders, the sets offer an array of new decorated elements, as well as some neat parts usage demonstrated throughout both sets…

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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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Igniting nostalgia and celebrating brand heritage – new LEGO® Originals™

You may have heard about a Pop-Up Store and Gallery appearing in London this weekend, launching the new LEGO® Originals Series. The first in this series is a 5:1 upscaled mini figure, produced in conjunction with the Danish design house, Room Copenhagen. Returning to the LEGO Group’s wooden toy roots, this minifigure, crafted from oak, appears 60 years after the last plastic and wooden toy was released: a Bedford Fire truck, in 1959. Of course the company started off making wooden toys in 1932.

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Listening in with LEGO® Audio Instructions [Emma’s Art Studio 41365]

A couple of months ago, the LEGO Foundation Launched a pilot program to test audio instructions – a tool to enable visually impaired children to build LEGO® sets. In the current pilot program, Audio Instructions are available for LEGO Classic: 11001 Bricks and Ideas, LEGO Friends: 41365 Emma’s Art Studio, The LEGO Movie 2: 70821, Emmet and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix’ Workshop and the LEGO City 60207 Sky Police Drone Chase. I had a copy of 41365: Emma’s Art Studio, provided by the LEGO Group at my request earlier in the year, close at hand, so I thought I test the system out.

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After 6000 Ideas: The Legacy of Bill and Mary 1981-1990

In which we attempt to follow the trail of Mary and Bill, after events of the 6000 Ideas book. We look through subsequent Ideas books and move to the Adventures of Captain Indigo, featured in Bricks n Pieces magazine in the 1980s

Let me tell you a story. It has been a little while since we have visited the world of the 6000 Ideas Book, but I have not forgotten where we are heading. So, here is a recap:

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Series 19 Habitat Competition Winners Announced.

Over the last few weeks, builders around the world have been putting together habitats to suit minifigures from series 19, for our latest building challenge. Today…we have a winner!

We had a terrific response to our recent Minifigures habitat competition, with more than 30 entries, from about 20 builders. We had a judging panel look at the entries and nominate their top 5. We added up the scores, and found some winners: read on to see who they were!

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This Set Gives Us an Idea of When Dinosaurs Ruled the World [Announcement 21320 LEGO® Ideas Dinosaur Fossils]

Dinosaurs have always held a degree of fascination for me: as a child, I would spend hours looking at pictures, and wondering why I couldn’t find any realistic toys or models of these giant, extinct reptiles.

Since the advent of Jurassic Park, over 25 years ago, there has been no shortage of dinosaur toys on the shelves, and making their way in to LEGO sets over recent years.

This year we have already seen the Jurassic World T. Rex Rampage set released, at the cost of storage space. Today, we see the latest LEGO Ideas set: 21321 dinosaur Fossils. With 910 Pieces, Skeletons for: T. Rex, Stegasaurus and a Pteranadon, 2 minifigures and museum style plinths, the set goes on sale on November 1st 2019.

Recommended for ages 16+, the set will be priced around $AUD100. (read on for International Pricing and more images)

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