The Search For Bill and Mary I

Long Term Character Development in LEGO Town and City.

In which we begin our ongoing search for Bill and Mary, by looking through LEGO Town and LEGO City for evidence of long form story telling, beyond the confines of a single set. If we can find it, then we are one step closer to demonstrating whether or not the protagonists of the 6000 Ideas Book could still exist in LEGO City today…

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Stranger Things Have Happened [Announcement 75810]

After a couple of weeks of teasing By the LEGO Social Media Team, we can finally reveal that the LEGO Creator Expert set based on the Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’ was released at a special midnight opening at the Leicester Square LEGO Store today.

75810 The Upside DownAges 16+. 2,287 pieces
US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €199.99 – DK 1799DKK – AUD $349.99
*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

LEGO have been teasing the arrival of this set on their social media platforms over the last week or two, and today we can finally show it in all its glory.

I have felt a little conflicted over whether or not the subject matter of this series is appropriate as subject matter for a LEGO set, as the show depicts a suspense, frequent scary monsters and government conspiracy. But as far as a final body count in the first series, is it any worse that Star Wars, Avengers, or any recent Batman Movie?

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Recalling the Phantom Menace [20th Anniversary Edition Podracer 75258 Review]

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY May 1999: Episode I, the Phantom Menace is released. After a long wait, there has been quite a lot of hype. I first saw Return of the Jedi when I was 13. I am now 30. Well, when I say it had been a long wait, we had been granted some interim amusement in the form of ‘Spot the Difference’ as we watched the Special editions. Adding new material and music, we kept some of the great ‘head bashing into wall’ bloopers from the original, but they took out some of my favourite tunes. Whatever happened to the great ‘Jub-Jub’ chorus at the end of what felt like it could afford to be considered The Final Film (Now we just call it Episode VI)? What happened to Sy Snootles great puppet performance at Jabba’s Palace? But despite all this, the time had come to sit back, relax, and see how the story panned out. Or at least started…

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Celebrating 20 Years of LEGO® Star Wars: Advertising Archive

In which it becomes apparent that the LEGO group are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. With some of their Archive material, as well as some of my own, from a simlar era, we look at the Early Days of the Star Wars print ads.

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY. Forty two years ago – a Long, Long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away… Star Wars was released on an unsuspecting world. Fan based consumerism would never be the same again.

A LEGO X-wing fighter, circa 1982. It contains a Kenner Luke Skywalker Action Figure, as well as a brick built R2-D2

Star Wars consumed 9 year old me. I read the novel, again, and finally saw the film at the cinema for my ninth birthday. The Belgrave Cameo Cinea, in March 1978 for those playing at home. Drawings, LEGO models and action figures. I couldn’t get enough. I had a ‘making of’ magazine – covering movie history, the special effects, and some of the concept artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, and more still by the Brothers Hildebrandt. Eventually my brother and I managed to combine LEGO with our actions figures. Fast forward to the future…

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6000 Ideas: The Adventure Continues.

In which we continue the story of the 6000 Ideas Book, take in ‘the weird space bit’ and the ‘not nearly weird enough castle bit.’ As our protagonists head off into the sunset, we ask the question ‘Where are they now?’ And set the parameters for our quest…

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LEGO rolling back to Classic Instructions[Nostalgia+]

The Rambling Brick was excited to see a copy of the new “Classic Instructions”, being rolled out in forthcoming Minecraft sets.

There has been a bit of talk today about the new Nostalgia+ Business Unit at the LEGO group, and I have just received notice of their boldest initiative yet: a return to the classic format of LEGO instructions.

Earlier today I had the pleasure of talking to Atilla Jogtuyu, from the new Nostalgia+ workgroup. This group is seeking to enhance the quality of nostalgic experiences

Atilla Jogtuyu proceeded to tell me about the me about the development of the final pillar of Nostalgia+, the new instruction format…

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News from the LEGO Ambassadors Network

Another day where Too Many Things arrive in the inbox in Rapid Succession. These include a Star Wars Fan Event at the LEGO House, a Survey about LEGO stores and two new Ideas Contests (replacing what was once known as Rebrick). These have all arrived via the Ambassadors Network, an online community where recognised Fan Media, and Recognised LEGO User Groups Gather… read on for further details.

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