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Review - 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

LEGO Ideas is about to launch the next set designed by AFOLs: the Saturn V rocket that took the Apollo mission to the moon. What I like about LEGO Ideas is the fact that it provides a space for sets that wouldn't otherwise fit into any other LEGO theme. 
 
The 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V is the result of a collaboration between twoAFOLs - Felix Stiessen (saabfan) and Valérie Roche (whatsuptoday) – why, interestingly, have never actually met in person. They highlight the fact that working together meant that at least one of them was always activily developing the idea and improving the model. The result is amazing and the necessary 10,000 supporters shows that many people feel the same..
 
The instruction book also provides some information about the LEGO designers who converted this detailed idea into an actual LEGO set. Michael Psiaki, Carl Thomas Merriam and Austin William Carlson were so interested in the model that they requested to work on the model. Their biggest challenge? Making sure the model is stable and can separate easily into stages.
 
Let's ge back to the box. In addition to a representation of the rocket on a starry background, it includes an image of the lunar lander and the astronauts and official emplem of the mission. A nice detail is the fact that the set contains exactly 1969 elements, a reference to the year of the first moon landing. It also makes this set the largest so far in the LEGO Ideas theme.
 
Although the size of the box (48cm x 37.5cm x 11cm), the number of elements and the indication of the size of the complete model that appear on the box should have prepared me, I still found the size of the finished model very impressive. At 1 metre tall and nearly 18cm wide at the base, theis is one big rocket!. Even more so when you place the 4 astronauts next to it. As you can read in the book, the original rocket was 111 metres tall; about the size of a 36 story building!
 
 
You build the rocket in stages, starting with the first abd biggest: it's over 40cm tall. What might at first look like a repetitive build turns out to be a true lesson in SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques. Even though the core of the module is built from the bottom up, the outside is 8 sided and attaching the grilled section (right about the leters USA) requires a complex clip system. This idea is repeated in the second stage, but in a somewhat different way.
 
         
 
Far from making it a mere cylinder, the stage has lots of interesting shapes, including the grilles I mentioned above, round bricks simulating pipes and fins - small ones at the top and large ones at th bottom. The engines are very complete and you can feel the authenticity of the model at every stage.
 
There isn't a single sticker in the set and there is a variety of printed parts. These include the letter USA and the American flag printed on slopes. Next up there are the words "UNITED” and “STATES” on tiles for the second stage, the printing on the cone that represents the returning module and the front of the lunar module.
 
As usual, the contrasting colours on the inside of the model make it easy to identify them and place them correclty, while the outside of the model is predominantly white and black with some greys.
 
 
There are still some surprises for the third stage, like the use of some of the elements that provide details and the way some of the sides are attached using the ball joints that were first introduced in the Mixles sets. 
 
 
 
The three modules click together (and separate) easily and the resulting structure is suprisingly solid. The last stage, which houses the lunar module, is connected in the traditional way, with studs. It includes the possibility to easily separate the top come to reveal the lander and allow the command module to connect to it.

 
With all the elemnts in place you have an impressive 1 metre tall rocket that faithfully represents the original.
 
There are still a few more things to build. First up is the lunar module. Despite its reduced size (5.3cm tall) it has lots of details. You can even separate the landing module (the part with the legs) from the returning module that brought the astronauts back into lunar orbit. Finally there is a small model representing the splashdown which shows the command module with the floaters.
 
 
So far I have only praise for the model. Both the representation of the of the rocket itself and the small scenes make this an instructive and historical set. t really is a display model and explaining all the stages takes a bit of further reading and imagination. The last part of the rocket (the big antenna on top) is the Launch Escape System (LES) that was designed to provide an escape route in case anything failed during a number of stages. However, after some time it was detached so the command module could dock to the lunar module. In this set the way to represent that is to rmove the LES together with the white command module and substitute it with the grey command modules from the splashdown. After doing this you can represent the remaining stages of the mission, including the return trip.
 
Historical, educational, a showpiece…  what more reasons do you need to get this set :D
 

Free Model (LDD): Circuit de Catalunya

During the last 26 years I have been involved in the organisation of Motorsport races. I have been lucky enough to be part of the most important FIA (Formula 1) and FIM (MotoGP) Championships.

Some time ago I decided to build with bricks the Marshal post where I have been collaborating. And due that two weeks ago, after the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, I got "retired" I would like to share with you the LDD file of this model.

You can download the file from here

Enjoy it!

Lluís Gibert

Pictorial Comparative: 10257 - Carousel (2017) vs 10196 - Grand Carousel (2009)

 

The new Creator Expert set 10257 - Carousel will be available next June. It is an amazing set with lots of details and spectacular mini-models. But instead of only reviewing it, we have decided to compare it with the set launched on 2009, in order to see if the main issues of that old set are solved in this new version.

Minecraft 21137 The Mountain Cave Announcement

21137 The Mountain Cave

Ages 12+.  2,863 pieces.

US $249.99 - CA $299.99 - DE 249.99€ - UK £259.99 - DK 2099.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.21137 The Mountain Cave

Ages 12+.  2,863 pieces.

US $249.99 - CA $299.99 - DE 249.99€ - UK £259.99 - DK 2099.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Experience the Mountain Cave!

 

Build and experience the Mountain Cave, featuring an amazing minecart track with an integrated redstone‑powered minecart elevator, and an array of other features and functions, including TNT blasting, rotating spider‑spawner, charged Creeper™ explosion and a lava burst. Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack o’lantern, first-night shelter, furnace, lava or the torch above the cave entrance. Enjoy hands‑on Minecraft™ adventures featuring your favorite characters and objects with this easy-to-reconfigure, modular LEGO® Minecraft set designed for young fans of the highly successful sandbox video game. Includes Steve and Alex minifigures, plus 13 mobs including a charged Creeper™.

● Includes 2 minifigures: Steve and Alex, plus a cave spider, wolf, baby wolf, slime, 2 small slimes, 2 bats, zombie, enderman, skeleton, sheep and a charged Creeper™.

● Features a minecart track with an integrated redstone-powered minecart elevator; 2 minecarts; first-night shelter with bed, crafting table and torch; a mountaintop shelter with bed, torch and furnace; plus a light brick, trees, waterfall, lava and extra torches.

● Open up the model to access the detailed interior and remodel with easy-to-connect modular sections.

● Remove the diamond ore elements and activate the lava burst function.

● Activate the revolving cave-spider spawner.

● Trigger the charged Creeper™ explosion function.

● Jump aboard the minecart and race around the track, and travel to the mountaintop aboard the redstone powered minecart elevator.

● Blast through the mountain with the TNT to extend the rail track.

● Position the light brick to illuminate the rotating spider-spawner, wall of redstone, jack o’lantern, first-night-shelter, furnace, lava or the torch above the cave entrance.

● Enjoy easy access to the detailed interior.

● Put on your golden armor, grab your diamond sword and shield, and prepare for battle!

● Weapons include a sword and a bow.

● Accessory elements include a Minecraft™ clock, spider eyes, signs, map, golden armor, shield, TNT and 8 ore style elements, including diamond, lapis lazuli, emerald, redstone, golden, iron and 2 coal ores.

● Easy-to-reconfigure, modular design—choose from 3 different model configurations.

● Set your imagination free—rebuild the set for more LEGO® Minecraft™ creations!

● Measures over 12” (31cm) high, 20” (53cm) wide and 11” (29cm) deep.

 

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
July 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center                            1-800-453-4652

CA (English) Contact Center                        1-800-453-4652

CA (French) Contact Center                        1-877-518-5346

                      European Contact Center                 00-800-5346-1111

10257 Carousel announced

Today LEGO unveiled the 10257 Carousel at the Time to Play Media event in NY. The new Carousel is part of the Creator Expert theme and comes as an addition to the fairground series which already includes the 10196 Grand Carouselthe 10247 Ferris Wheel and the 10244 Fairground Mixer. 

The set contains 2,670 pieces and comes with 7 minifigures. It and can be motorised, adding a Power Functions motor and battery box. The set will cost US $199.99 - CA $249.99 - DE 179.99€ - UK £159.99 - DK 1499.00 DKK. The price in Euros may vary from country to country!

Below the complete press release from LEGO:

Discover the fairground’s star attraction with the Carousel!
 
Experience the majestic Carousel with a wealth of delightful features, including a large textile canopy, ornate reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, and a 2-tier deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with 5 buildable animal rides, including a white swan and 4 moving animals. Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates. This delightful LEGO® Creator Expert model has an iconic elegance that evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance and adventure. Upgrade with LEGO Power Functions for fully motorized operation. 
 
• Includes 7 minifigures: a ride operator, mom, dad, boy, girl, grandmother and a granddaughter.
 
• The Carousel features a large textile canopy, ornate, reflective rounding boards with blue and gold detailing, reflective center panels, two-level deck comprising a raised boarding platform with handrail and a main platform with five buildable animal rides, including a white swan and four moving animals: an elephant, tiger, flamingo and a frog.
 
• Also features a sturdy, buildable base for easy transportation.
 
• Buy your ticket at the booth, take the stairs to the boarding platform and choose your favorite animal ride.
 
• Turn the crank and see the elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog move up and down as the carousel rotates.
 
• Enjoy an ice cream, candy or a delicious hot dog as you watch the whirling carousel.
 
• Accessory elements include a camera, ice cream, candy and a hot dog in a bun.
 
• New decorated elements include printed tickets and printed storybook tiles.
 
• Includes lots of molded golden elements, reflective golden labels and medium-blue/dark-blue elements.
 
• Motorize the Carousel with the LEGO® Power Functions 8883 medium motor and 88000 AAA battery box (not included).
 
• Collect and build an entire fairground with the LEGO® Creator Expert 10247 Ferris Wheel.
 
• Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 13” (35cm) deep.
 
 
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning June 1, 2017
 
 
 

HispaBrick Magazine 027 available

HBM027Issue 027 of HispaBrick Magazine® - the free magazine made by and for fans of LEGO® constructions - is out

This issue includes the last of the interviews from the LEGO Fan Media Days and includes updates and exclusive information on LEGO Bionicle and LEGO House. We also interview builder Castor Troy and Kim Ellekjær Thomsen from Community Manager Operations & Community Engagament, LCE.

In our TopMoc section we show some “great” Star Wars™ constructions and you will get to know more about Spanish RLUGs, about restoring LEGO set boxes, and for Train fans we have instructions for a cargo wagon.

Of course we have a WeDo tutorial, we celebrate 40 years of LEGO technic and we tell you about our HispaBrick Magazine Event 2016.

There are many more articles, set reviews - including the latest novelty in the Star Wars™ theme, the 75144 UCS Snowspeeder - and the comic strip Desmontados.

 

DOWNLOAD HBM027

Link to download past issues of the magazine: past issues

Encuesta sobre packaging - Packaging poll

Dear LEGO user,

We are a team of packaging designers belonging to the LEGO product development department. Our key mission is to design packaging that supports a strong LEGO product experience. We are conducting this survey among RLUGs/RLFMs since we know that you have a great deal of experience with our products and packaging! To achieve our mission it is important for us to get an understanding of how you perceive the LEGO packaging experience. Please help us by participating in a survey: http://lego.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/yma/afol-packaging-survey/

Please complete the survey before March 6, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your feedback – it is highly appreciated!

Kind regards,
The LEGO Packaging Experience Design Team

42063 - B-Model

LEGO has published a press release to announce the B-Model for the 42063 - BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

This licensed model is part of the 1H2017 line-up which includes a total of 10 models. What's special about the B-Model is that it is not only quite different from the main model, but has been designed together with the BMW motorcycle team. In addition, it is the first time a Technic B-Model has had its own press release.

Below is the official press release and a few imigas of this exciting model:

Munich, February 16th 2017 – BMW Motorrad partnered with LEGO® Technic to transform one of the best motorcycles in the world into a LEGO model. The BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure model celebrates innovative design and engineering. A pure building adventure in 603 pieces. The alternative model as part of the typical LEGO Technic 2-in-1 building set is now taking this icon one step further – into the future.
 
 
In a very creative and inspirational atmosphere design teams from BMW Motorrad  and   LEGO   Technic   joined   forces   and   jointly developed the
LEGO Technic Hover Ride complete with innovative functions and the signatory GS flyline allowing all fans to rebuild the BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure into a unique design concept model that removes all limits to motorcycles and allows imagination to fly without vesting technical plausibility.
 
“What would happen if we designed a bike together? What would happen if we removed all limits for the alternative model? So we set the BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic design teams a challenge, a challenge that has resulted in this amazing bike. Collaboration between our two teams was driven by passion and respect for the DNA of each other’s brands. It was fantastic to see how engaged and inspired each team was by working together, but I don’t think either of us ever imagined that this project would turn out as it did. I guess it just proves that you can create anything with LEGO Technic. Even the future”, says Andy Woodman – Senior Design Manager for LEGO Technic.
 
 
“It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set. Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
 
 
The life-size model of this design concept Hover Ride will be presented today during the LEGO World event in Copenhagen and will travel afterwards to different locations in Denmark and the “BMW Welt” in Munich.
 
The model will retail for €49,99

New Disney LEGO® BrickHeadz

US $9.99 - CA $12.99 - DE 9.99€ - UK £9.99 - DK 100.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

 

New for 2017, LEGO® BrickHeadz sets feature fun and stylized versions of iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics, reimagined in colorful brick form using LEGO System bricks with distinct details for a humorous twist. Each figure also comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate with LEGO BrickHeadz icon and series number. LEGO BrickHeadz sets brings you a brand new way to collect, build and display.

·         Each LEGO® BrickHeadz figure comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.

·         Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics

·         Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz figures to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.

·         Each figure stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.

·         Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square and under 1” (1cm) high.

 

41595 Belle

This beautiful BrickHeadz set featuring Belle is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of her iconic details from the classic Disney animation Beauty and the Beast, including buildable flowing hair with a ribbon and earrings and a buildable rose in hand.

 

41596 Beast

This BrickHeadz set featuring Beast is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including decorated waistcoat outfit and buildable mane and horns, as seen in the classic Disney animation Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
March 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center                          1-800-453-4652

CA (English) Contact Center          1-800-453-4652

CA (French) Contact Center          1-877-518-5346

    European Contact Center                00-800-5346-1111

New LEGO® BrickHeadz announcement

US $9.99 - CA $12.99 - DE 9.99€ - UK £9.99 - DK 100.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

 

New for 2017, LEGO® BrickHeadz sets feature fun and stylized versions of iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics, reimagined in colorful brick form using LEGO System bricks with distinct details for a humorous twist. Each figure also comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate with LEGO BrickHeadz icon and series number. LEGO BrickHeadz sets brings you a brand new way to collect, build and display.

·         Each LEGO® BrickHeadz figure comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.

·         Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics

·         Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz figures to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.

·         Each figure stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.

·         Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square and under 1” (1cm) high.

 

41585 Batman™

Buildable Batman™ LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features colorful and authentic detailing, including his Batsuit with icon and utility belt decoration, glow-in-the-dark BrickHeadz eyes and a Batarang.

 

41586 Batgirl™

Build Batgirl™ in the new LEGO® BrickHeadz set, with Batgirl icon, uniquely decorated eyes, yellow Batarang, plus a display baseplate.

 

41587 Robin™

Buildable Robin™ LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features colorful and authentic detailing, BrickHeadz eyes and iconic outfit with icon, plus a display baseplate.

 

41588 The Joker™

Build The Joker™ in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set and laugh in the face of danger with his buildable green hair, white face and outfit from THE LEGO BATMAN™ MOVIE, plus a display baseplate.

 

41589 Captain America

Build Captain America in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set with iconic outfit and headgear, detachable shield, BrickHeadz eyes and a display baseplate.

 

 

41590 Iron Man

Build Iron Man in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set, featuring his iconic red and yellow suit of armor, BrickHeadz eyes and a display baseplate.

 

41591 Black Widow

Buildable Black Widow LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features authentic detailing, BrickHeadz eyes, buildable hair and two detachable batons, plus a display baseplate.

 

41592 The Hulk

This larger-than-life Hulk BrickHeadz figure is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including buildable fists and hair, plus decorated muscles and a buildable baseplate.

 

 

 

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
March 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center                          1-800-453-4652

CA (English) Contact Center          1-800-453-4652

CA (French) Contact Center          1-877-518-5346

        European Contact Center               00-800-5346-1111      

LDraw All-In-One-Installer 2016-01

Want to start creating digital models of your MOCs and want a simple solution to install e erything you need in one go? Use the LDraw All-In-One-Installer and you'll be done in no time. The latest version is now available and includes the following updates:



The AIOI supports Windows XP (Home and Pro), Windows Vista or higher (all versions). On 64-Bit Operating Systems it will install in the "Program files (x86)" folder. The Installer will NOT run on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT Ver 4, 2000, or XP below SP2.



It contains the following changes:



* Update to Parts Library 2016-01 (published 31.12.2016)

* Update to MLCad.ini 2016-01

* Update to LDView 4.2

* Update to LPub3D 2.0.19.877.2

* Update to LeoCAD 0.83.2 - 9306

* Update to LDCad 1.6 beta 1a

* Update to Offline Parts Catalog 2016-01

* Addition of LICreator 3.0



You can download the AIOI from:



Home > Help > Get Started > LDraw All-In-One-Installer



Many thanks to all the programmers who contributed to this release.



Willy Tschager

(LDraw.org Content Manager)

REVIEW 70905 THE BATMOBILE

In mid-February, is "The Batman Lego® Movie" premiere, a highly anticipated movie by all who have enjoyed "The Lego® Movie" and also enjoys the Batman character, and, as expected, the new movie also has its own Batmobile.

It is a Batmobile different from what is known until now, is a mixture of an aggressive vehicle like the Tumbler one (set 7888), but stylized as the style of the best-known Batmobile.

LDraw.org 2016-01 Parts Update

The LDraw Team has announced the latest parts update for the LDraw Library of Parts. Below you can find the complete announcement which includes links for downloading:
 
 
The 2016-01 LDraw Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 572 new files to the core library, including 475 new parts and 43 new primitives. This update also includes updated versions of the colour configuration files (LDConfig.ldr and LDCfgalt.ldr) thanks to enthusiasm of Sven v. Beuningen and the co-ordination of Willy Tschager and Magnus Forsberg.

Thanks are of course due to all the part authors who created or corrected parts for this release, including several first-time authors. The reviewers also play an important role in keeping files moving through the parts tracker and deserve just as much credit. 

You can preview the new parts in 2016-01 here, download the zip-file update or Windows install package here. Alternatively you can use the LDView menu option File | Check for Library Updates... to install the update.

Please accept our apology for this being the only parts update of 2016. 


 
The LDraw Team