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Review: LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA

Review by Adrian Barbour

 

Parts Count: 231

Release Date:  Nov 1st

Price:  US$24.99

Contains:  4 minifigs

The latest LEGO Ideas offering is now hitting the shelves, and follows in the footsteps of 2014’s popular 21110 Research Institute ­– being similar in both theme and content, consisting of a selection of minifigures with accompanying vignettes. LEGO has had great success with the wide appeal of NASA-themed sets in the past, though the Women of NASA set was somewhat controversial when first announced, with its exclusive focus on a single gender (albeit one which has long been underrepresented in LEGO form) and its focus on minifigures rather than a single substantial model build. So, has this turned out to be a glorified politically correct minifig pack, or does it hold up to the high standards set by previous LEGO Ideas releases? Time to find out!

Review – The LEGO Trains Book

Summer is over and traditionally autumn doesn’t only bring the falling of the leaves, but also new LEGO titles in the No Starch press catalogue. This years the season starts off with “The LEGO Trains Book by Holger Matheson. 
 
I have to admit I know very little about LEGO trains. I remember having blue rails and a black steam engine with a huge battery box on a tender (one that took three C batteries) and getting some grey tracks and switches later on. I still have one of those 4.5V train motors in a bin of old parts somewhere. The world was a different place back then and while I did see some pictures of large train layouts, I knew in my heart that was well out of my reach and decided to concentrate on other things. Years later, when I came out of my dark ages, I started to look back (and around) and learned a little more about the LEGO Trains world, but – again for practical reasons – I decided to concentrate on other things.
 
Still, LEGO Trains are a fascinating subject and Holger Matthes an authority on the subject. He originally wrote his book in German (LEGO® Eisenbahn – Konzepte und Techniken für realistische Modelle) and it is great to see that no starch press have picked it up for publication in English, giving it a much broader audience. 
 

Review: 21036 – Arc de Triomphe

 
I’m not a collector, more of a hoarder. I also don’t have much (or any?) display space in my home. Add those two together and I’m not you’re most likely suspect for a LEGO Architecture set. Still, sometimes a set has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it stand out and catch your eye. I probably wouldn’t have picked up the set in a toyshop: I’d have had things to compare it to and would have walked past it several times before taking the “rational” decision that I don’t “need” it nor have a place for it. Given the opportunity to review it though, I accepted eagerly.
 

Thor: Ragnarok Brickfilm Contest

LEGO fandom isnt only about building and collecting. As you may already have read in HispaBrick Magazine 028, there is also a collective of Toy Photographers, and of course Brickfilmers.

It is this last collective of stop-motion film makers with a preference for LEGO that this particular post is targeted at. The French Brickfilmers group Brick à Brack (one of the Recognised LEGO Fan Media) is hosting a contest related to the upcoming release of Thor: Ragnarök from the Marvel Universe. Interested? This is their official announcement (in English):

On the occasion of the release of Thor: Ragnarok on October 25, LEGO contacted Brick à Brack to organize a contest about Thor, the Marvel Universe character.
 
LEGO will offer the winners on the podium Marvel Super Heroes sets as well as a LEGO Thor poster released exclusively for the San Diego Comic-Con.
 
 
Set 76088 - Thor vs. Hulk: Arena Clash - Set 76077 - Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes
 
 
Set 76084 - The Ultimate Battle for Asgard - SDCC 2017 Exclusive LEGO Thor Ragnarok Poster
 
Set 76083 - Beware the Vulture
 
Want to enter the contest? That's simple! Make a brickfilm about the "Thor" minifigure with a minimum duration of 20 seconds (do not go for a 4 hours long brickfilm, you surely don't have enough time). If you do not own the official Thor minifigure, you can build a similar one, custom and decals are allowed. Once your brickfilm is completed, you have to publish it on BàB and share it on the following contest page:
 
 
If you're using voices and dialogues in your brickfilm, make them French or English. If that's not possible, please provide us English subtitles. 
 
The deadline is October 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM (Paris time zone).
 
This contest is open to everyone around the world and the galaxy (You Loki Martians!). So don't hesitate to share it with your community !
 
Ready, bricky, go!
 
 
The Brick à Brack website is in French, but don't let that deter you! We look forward to seeing some great entries by the end of October.

HispaBrick Magazine 028 available

HBM028

In this issue of HispaBrick Magazine we have taken our networking skills to a whole new level:

 

We attended the LEGO Fan Media Days in Billund and met up with over twenty Fan Media representatives. In this edition, you will find a report of that event as well as a number of interviews with LEGO franchises we did during the event. While in Billund, we also ran into Robenanne, the designer of the Old Fishing Shop, and we interviewed him.

 

Richard Jones from The Rambling Brick put together a reconstruction of the conversation we had with Bali Padda for us to publish and Stuck in Plastic have contributed an article about their toy photographers collective. We have also worked closely with Eurobricks to offer a new collaborative section in our magazine and on their forums.

 

But, it’s not only Recognised LEGO Fan Media we have worked with. In collaboration with Kockice we have started another collaborative corner in our magazine and together with their team we are proud to present a Croatian language edition of HispaBrick Magazine 028!

This edition also includes articles about education with Six Bricks, reviews, robotics, MOCs and a lot of attention for the new LEGO Boost platform.

 

HispaBrick Magazine is free to download in Spanish, English and Croatian, so get your copy today and spread the word!

 

 

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75192 Millennium Falcon UCS

US $799.99, CA $899.99, DE €799.99, UK £649.99, DKK 6999.00

Available from the 1st of October with VIP early access from the 14th of September.

Welcome to the largest, most detailed LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon model we’ve ever created - in fact, with over 7,500 pieces it is the biggest LEGO model ever sold! This amazing LEGO interpretation of Han Solo’s unforgettable Corellian freighter has all the details that Star Wars fans of any age could wish for, including intricate exterior detailing, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp and a 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy. Remove individual hull plates to reveal the highly detailed main hold, rear compartment and gunnery station. This amazing model also features interchangeable sensor dishes and crew, so you decide whether to play out classic LEGO Star Wars adventures with Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, or enter the world of Episode VII and VIII with older Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8!

  • Includes 4 classic crew minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO.
  • Also includes 3 Episode VII/VIII crew minifigures: Older Han Solo, Rey and Finn.
  • Figures include a BB-8 droid, 2 buildable Porgs and a buildable Mynock.
  • Exterior features include intricately detailed and removable hull panels, a lowering boarding ramp, concealed blaster cannon, 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, interchangeable round/rectangular sensor dishes, upper and lower quad laser cannons, and 7 landing legs.
  • Main hold features a seating area, Dejarik holographic game, combat remote training helmet, engineering station with turning minifigure seat and a doorway build with passageway decoration.
  • Rear compartment features the engine room with hyperdrive and console, 2 doorways, hidden floor compartment, 2 escape pod hatches, engineering console and an access ladder to the gunnery station.
  • Gunnery station features a minifigure gunner’s seat and detachable hull panel with fully rotating quad laser cannon. An additional quad laser cannon is also mounted on the underside.
  • Also includes an informational fact plaque.
  • Features a new cockpit canopy element.
  • Classic crew weapons include Han’s blaster pistol and Chewbacca’s stud-firing bowcaster.
  • Episode VII/VIII crew weapons include Han’s blaster, Rey’s small silver blaster and Finn’s medium blaster rifle.
  • Change out the features and crew characters to switch between classic and Episode VII/VIII versions of the Millennium Falcon!
  • Open individual hull panels to access the detailed interior while retaining the overall exterior appearance.
  • Slide the panel to reveal the concealed blaster cannon.
  • Turn classic Leia’s and Han’s head to reveal their breathing mask decoration.
  • Makes the perfect intergalactic toy or flagship display model.
  • Measures over 8” (21cm) high, 33” (84cm) long and 22” (56cm) wide.

21136 - Ocean Monument

 

21136boxMINECRAFT has taken become a strong theme in the LEGO catalogue and it has a large following. There is something pleasing about turning a digital sandbox into a physical experience and LEGO is the perfect medium for it. The 21366 Ocean Mountain takes MINECRAFT fans to an as yet unexplored underwater world.

The 1122 pieces in this upcoming set bring new challenges, new dangers and new colours!

There are several mechanisms and the monument can be set up in different configurations to create new play each time.

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.

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.

 

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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