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Ace Kim | August 30th, 2014 | LEGO, News

[NYCC] LEGO To Announce New Theme at New York Comic Con

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BZPower announced yesterday that they were invited to a special event held by LEGO at New York Comic Con which is happening on Thursday October 9 through Sunday October 12. On Thursday October 9, LEGO will be holding a special panel where a new theme will be announced and would like as many AFOLs to be present as possible. To help facilitate this, LEGO and BZPower are teaming up to give away twelve Thursday passes to attend NYCC. All of the instructions are up on BZPower. You must be able to attend should you win obviously. My guess is that this will be the official announcement of the return of Bionicle.

Ace Kim | August 29th, 2014 | LEGO, News

STUDS Trading Cards Ordering Information

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In June of 2012, there was a Kickstarter campaign by Brandon Griffith for STUDS trading cards celebrating the many talented builders in the AFOL community. It surpassed its funding goal and a short two years later STUDS will soon be available for the general public to purchase. At 12:00pm on September 10th, dial your browser to BrickStuds.com to purchase your packs. Each Series 1 pack contains 96 base cards and 9 instructions cards. Chase cards include sketch cards from Paul Lee and Greg Hyland, Autograph cards, and custom fig cards.

This is a one-and-done series folks. Once Series 1 is sold out, there are no plans to reprint them again.

Full press release is below:

STUDS Builder Trading Cards Series 1 Available September 10th

STUDS Builder Trading Cards Series 1 will be available for purchase online September 10th, 2014 at brickstuds.com!

STUDS Builder Trading Cards is a unique series of collectible trading cards that showcase the creative individuals of the adult LEGO building community. Each builder card depicts a LEGO® built piece of art and provides a profile of the artist. Other cards in the series highlight fan made products, conventions, publications, and artist sketches.

The project was conceived, curated, and produced in the US (with the help of a successful Kickstarter) by noted brick artist Brandon Griffith. “It’s been incredible working with so many talented artists to create these cards and I look forward to expanding the series!”

Products debuting at brickstuds.com on September 10th include:
STUDS Packs: Each STUDS Pack includes 8 trading cards and 1 Brickforge element. Look for rare chase cards including: Artist Autograph Cards, Custom Fig Cards, and Sketch Cards!
STUDS Box: Each STUDS Box includes 28 Packs
STUDS Factory Set: The STUDS Factory set includes the 96 card base set plus 9 poster card set
STUDS Series 1 Binder
STUDS Series 1 is a limited print run – once they sell out no more will be printed – so mark your calendars and grab them while you can!

Follow Brickstuds online for updates, news, and information on STUDS Series 2!

https://www.facebook.com/BrickStuds

https://twitter.com/brickstuds

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product.

Nick Martin | August 22nd, 2014 | Feature, LEGO, Rants

LEGO’s Girl Problem

What it is is beautiful

When the recent Research Institute set came out, there were a lot of people that were really excited to see it, both because it was a decent idea and because it was a set that could be used for positive role-model toy for girls. There were some people that weren’t, a lot to just indifference, but some that just get angry when you say the word “girl” without also including some derogatory reference. I assume that those people are registering on the site right now, just to complain without ever reading another word. Sadly, those comments won’t be approved until after the contest voting has wrapped up.

I have a vested interest in this, because I have a two-year-old daughter. She loves stuffed animals, Duplo, and Tonka trucks. I have a closet of Lego sets put away for her, and in all of them there are four female minifigs (three are in the Research Institute). There are some mini-dolls in there because I have a few Friends sets in there too (the ones I didn’t part out for myself, because the part selection in Friends is fantastic).

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

The Ideas sets this year are a rare and welcome exception

Let me be very clear… I’m talking about the gender imbalance in LEGO sets. There are plenty of other things we could call out about LEGO… the lack of diversity, the problem with how certain ethnicities are portrayed (or not), the lack of handicap figures (which I find surprising primarially for much LEGO does to donate to hospitals where the “just like you” factor could make a big difference).  These are things that I think should be talked about too, but I’m only going to pick one fight at a time.

Leia and Lando

This was all the diversity there was in the original trilogy…

I’m also aware that the problem is much bigger than Lego. The idea of equality, especially gender equality, just unleashes a whole heap of stupid inside the nerd realm. Lego is part of that, which means it’s just a reflection of the bigger problem. Except Lego isn’t just a nerd property, and it isn’t just licensed sets. It’s a kids toy. I could write many, many articles about the problem with the entire girls toys vs. boys toys, or the problem with pinkifying to make something “girl friendly,” and I have posted stuff like that on the forums… but Lego is loved by girls and boys, and that’s where the problem is.

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Ace Kim | August 8th, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Reveals 10245 Santa’s Workshop

10245 Santa's Workshop

At this moment, over at Bricks by the Bay in Santa Clara, CA, LEGO is pulling back the curtain on their newest D2C set and the newest entry in the Winter-themed sets, 10245 Santa’s Workshop. At long last, the most important addition to the Winter Village will now be made. A few of the highlights include new brick built reindeer with printed bricks used for the eyes, Princess Leia’s hair element from 8038 The Battle of Endor in white, pearl gold elements for the sleigh, and a micro Benny’s Starship. The asking price is US $69.99 / CA $89.99 / AU $119.99 / DE 69.99€ / UK £59.99 / DK 649.00 DKK and you’ll get 883 pieces in exchange. VIP Early Access begins September 19th with general availability starting on October 1. More pictures below, followed by the designer videos and the official press release.

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Ace Kim | July 29th, 2014 | LEGO, News

LEGO Puts On Blindfold, Asks For Your Opinion On SDCC

LEGO is seeking your input on your experience at the San Diego Comic Con. If you were there for all four days, surely you witnessed some of the same shenanigans that I did. Were you there they moved the line to the other side of the entrance? How about when they let everyone line up and then switched the direction? How about on the last day when they had FAR less than their promised allotment of 600 exclusives to sell? Of course it wasn’t all bad. There was that one day that Adam West showed up for two minutes giving fans a chance to meet him. Or that one display case where they did the daily reveal and how crystal clear it was to look inside. Head on over to Survey Monkey and give them your opinion on your experience at their booth. And heck, while we’re at it, if you want to drop us a line or add a comment to our SDCC megathread on what you liked and disliked about their booth, I’d love to hear it too.

Ace Kim | March 23rd, 2014 | LEGO, Sales News

Teefury has LEGO Twofury Today!

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T-shirt shop Teefury has some LEGO themed shirts for today, Sunday March 23. They are Benny Stardust on the left and Brick In The Wall on the right. If you’re not familiar with Teefury’s Twofury sale, both shirts are for sale at the same time and compete throughout the day for most tees sold in 24 hours where the winner gets nothing except bragging rights and imaginary internet points.

Nick Martin | March 7th, 2014 | LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Star Wars Days March 15th-16th

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We got a note from a member of the Community Outreach Team for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago and their fantastic new Lego Star Wars Miniland Display for Episode IV, and specifically, the LEGOLAND Star Wars Days running March 15-16th. If I lived closer, I’d have to check it out just to give my daughter a chance to play with a life-sized R2-D2. She looooooooves my UCS R2. If you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth checking out for the AFOL and Star Wars fan in you!

You can see a gallery of some exclusive shots of the new layout below, and check out the full press release after the fold!

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Ace Kim | January 30th, 2014 | LEGO, News

Nintendo To Expand Character Licensing

I ran into this article over at Kotaku this morning. For those of who are unfamiliar with the situation, Nintendo recently announced their quarterly earnings and it was bad, really bad. So bad that the media blew a comment made by President Iwata about mobile devices way out of proportion leading some to speculate that Nintendo may be developing games for iOS. All of this lead up to the investor call that Nintendo had last night where Iwata outlined plans for their future. One tidbit in particular stood out to me.

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Ace Kim | December 31st, 2013 | LEGO, Sales News

10243 Parisian Restaurant Now Available

10243 Parisian Restaurant

Now that the clock has struck past midnight on the Eastern Seaboard, LEGO Shop@Home has now made available 10243 Parisian Restaurant for immediate purchase and shipping (after the New Year’s Day holiday anyway). The Parisian Restaurant is the latest addition to the modular building series and has 2,469 parts for $159.99 USD.

Ace Kim | December 5th, 2013 | LEGO, Sales News

Amazon Offers $5 off $35 Credit

Amazon is offering a promotional credit of $5 off a $35 purchase simply by sharing a wishlist on Facebook. The credit will appear in your account and will be applied on your next qualifying purchase. The credit must be used by 11:59pm PST December 15, 2013. And who knows, maybe a Facebook friend will surprise you with your wished item for the holidays.