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Review: 71020 - Collectible Minifigures The LEGO Batman Movie series 2

The new series of Collectible minifigures is the second round dedicated to the LEGO Batman Movie. In this case we got 20 new minifigures including new characters and new costumes for the main characters.

We are not going to explain the characters themselves, but we will take a look in the minifigures, their decoration and accessories.

To start there is something new in this series, compared with The LEGO Batman Movie series 1. The plate-stand includes the Batman symbol printed. It’s sad that we didn’t get this for the first series.

Let’s go with the minifigures!

Review: Architecture 21039 Shanghai

By Sven Franic

Theme: Architecture

Price: $59.99 / €59.99

Pieces: 597

Release date: Dec 17, 2017

Introduction

21039 Shanghai is part of the third wave of the Skyline subtheme of Architecture.  The subtheme started in 2016 as a new way of depicting well known cities around the world featuring iconic landmarks lined up on a single base which makes them convenient to display on a shelf or desk.



Shanghai should be joined by two other Skyline sets this year if we go by the pattern of three sets per year in the subtheme. One of the upcoming sets should portray Las Vegas, USA.

LDraw.org 2018-01 Parts Update Now Available

Only a month has gone by since the last update and the LDraw team already has a new update ready, the first official update for 2018.

The following is the full press release:

The 2018-01 LDraw [1] Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 267 new files to the core library, including 171 new parts and 20 new primitives. This update also fixes some minor problems with the 2017-01 update issued in December 2017. 
 
Thanks are of course due to all the part authors who created or corrected parts for this release, and to the reviewers who also play an important role in keeping files moving through the Parts Tracker. 
 
You can preview the new parts in 2018-01 and download the zip file update or Windows install package. Alternatively you can use the LDView menu option File | Check for Library Updates... to install the update. 
 
The LDraw Team
 
 
[1] LDraw is an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes. You can use it to document models you have physically built, create building instructions just like LEGO, render 3D photo realistic images of your virtual models and even make animations. 
 
 

HispaBrick Magazine 029 available

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It’s time for a new edition of the magazine for AFOLs. In this edition of HispaBrick Magazine we continue our collaboration with Kockice, which brings us articles on LEGO® Architecture, MINDSTORMS and an interesting Minidolls vs. Minifigures.

From our visit to the LEGO Fan Media Days en Billund we bring you our interview of LEGO® Friends designers Fenella Charity and Ricardo Silva and our visit to the pre-opening of the LEGO® House.

We have tutorials on taking pictures of LEGO® and programming LEGO Boost, as well as building instructions from collaborating AFOLs.

Our TopMoc section is all about what can be done with digital building, we keep expanding on the MILS system and we have reviews of a number of new sets, including the 10260 - Downtown Diner.

We will also show you what our HispaBrick Magazine Event 2017 from last December was like and there are many more articles.

We have also improved the PDF file itself. Starting with this issue you can easily get to each article clicking on the link in the index and we have included bookmarks and thumbnail pages to enhance your reading experience..

In addition…  we are nearing our anniversary! In 2018, HispaBrick Magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the month of May we will publish issue 030 with special contents and some surprises. Stay tuned and check out our social media on facebook.com/hispabrickmagazine and twitter.com/H_B_Magazine

 

You can download HispaBrick Magazine free of charge in English, Spanish and Croatian, so get your copy now.

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Press Release: 21313 LEGO Ideas: Ship in a Bottle

Ages 10+.  962 pieces.

 

US $69.99 - CA $89.99 - DE 69.99€ - UK £69.99 - DK 599.00 DKK

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

 

Create a timeless classic with LEGO® bricks!

 

Show you are a true craftsman when you create a Ship in a Bottle with LEGO® bricks! Build this beautiful ship named ‘Leviathan’, including the captain’s quarters, masts, crow’s nest, sails, flag and 6 cannons. Place it inside the brick-built bottle, featuring a buildable cork and wax seal. Then showcase your nostalgic, nautical creation on the display stand, complete with the ship’s nameplate and a compass with a spinning needle.

LDraw.org 2017-01 Parts Update Now Available

Good news for all of you who use the LDraw set of digital building tools. The LDraw team has just released the following announcement:
 
The 2017-01 LDraw Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 717 new files to the core library, including 509 new parts and 33 new primitives. This update also includes updated versions of the colour configuration files (LDConfig.ldr and LDCfgalt.ldr) thanks to 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 2017-01 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.

 
The LDraw Team
 

Press Release: 10260 - Downtown Diner

Downtown Diner, 2,480 pieces

 

US $169.99 - CA $219.99 - DE 149.99€ - UK £129.99 - DK 1399.00 DKK

Available from 1st January, no VIP early access.

Discover a place where music is on the menu!

Drop in at the LEGO Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen.

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

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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.