It’s been kind of slow today but Clutch over at Bricks on the Dollar has let us know that they’re doing another :EGO giveaway. This time, the giveaway is a custom Toy Shop build by Click and Snap Bricks. If anything, you get some free parts to use later. To enter, just sign up, just enter your email in the entry form. As far as I know, BotD doesn’t really spam out emails so that’s good. The contest ends at the end of October.
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The 8th annual Creations for Charity has officially kicked off for the 2016 LEGO fundraiser. If you’re not familiar with Creations for Charity, it was founded by Nannan Zhang who’s been part of the LEGO community for a long time and the charity raises money to purchase LEGO sets for underprivileged children during the holiday season. As mentioned before, this is the 8th year that it has been going and every year, they’ve donated more and more sets to kids throughout the world.
The online store is now open over on BrickLink and you can either buy a custom build from LEGO builders in the community or donate your own build for the cause. One of the more notable builds this year is from Matt De Lanoy (Pepa Quin) who has provided instructions to build his Johnny Five which failed to pass the First 2016 LEGO Review Stage. For only $5, Matt will provide the instructions in PDF format as well as a parts list for both BrickLink and Rebrickable.
If you want to donate your builds, you have until November 15 at the link above.
Here’s something fun to look at heading into the weekend. A few readers have forwarded me this post by Junho Lee and Hyun Chul Choi at the New York School of Visual Arts of a what they’ve called a LEGO Hand Bag. The bag features a standard shopping bag but there’s also a minifigure hand at the top to make it seem like it’s the person has a minifig hand. It’s a pretty neat concept that I would like to see implemented at LEGO Stores some day.
For one of their future projects, they’re looking to expand their coverage and attend BrickLive Birmingham in the UK at the end of October. They’re currently running a KickStarter to fund their trip overseas to film one of the largest LEGO conventions on the other side of the Atlantic.
For some of the KickStarter rewards, they’ve enlisted some builders in the community to create LEGO builds as part of the reward for certain pledge levels such as John Matz, Chris McVeigh, and Tyler Clites, just to name a few. This will be on top of the DVD you’ll be receiving of the show which won’t be posted to their YouTube channel.
They have about 24 left on the KickStarter as of this writing and they’ve already gathered a quarter of the goal so they’re off to a great start. Let’s keep it up and get Beyond the Brick to the UK.
The past day or so, I’ve gotten a lot of emails regarding this piece of “news.” I saw some images on Facebook yesterday morning about it but brushed it off because I didn’t want to advertise it. A lot of people who saw the same images are outraged that this is going on and wanted me to write about it and maybe LEGO can see what’s happening.
If you didn’t read about it a few weeks ago, LEGO filed a civil action against LEGO bootleg company Lepin and the cases have been accepted in Chinese courts for further judgment. Well since Lepin is having some legal issues copying official LEGO sets, they’ve now turned to LEGO fans for inspiration for their next sets.
As you can see above, they’ve launched their Creators line and pretty much copied the Barnes & Noble and Starbucks Store project by wooootles on LEGO Ideas. Not only that, they have more sets copied shown on the back of the box such as the International Hotel by lgorlando and the Apple Square University by Pete Stege.
One thing to note is that when you submit your project to LEGO Ideas, you “give rise to any intellectual property right interest, hereunder copyright, patent rights, design rights etc., you hereby assign all rights worldwide to the content generated by you to LEGO” as stated in the Terms of Service so basically LEGO owns the designs of the projects for three years after it is no longer considered for production.
We all know what’s shared on the internet is on there pretty much forever and if a builder decides to share their instructions on a project, that’s one thing but if Lepin is just producing LEGO fans’ builds they share online, even without instructions, there’s really no way to combat that. So be careful what you post online as you may see your design becoming a Lepin set one day. It looks like we won’t be hearing the end of them any time soon.
**Also seen on Brickset**
I’m little bit late because of TwitchCon but here’s the September 2016 Monthly Recap of LEGO news on The Brick Fan. This list will be a fairly long one as there were a lot of news and reveals that happened during the month.
LEGO Star Wars: Rogue One Sets Officially Revealed – LEGO officially revealed all the LEGO Star Wars: Rogue One that are now available for purchase.
You may heard or seen pictures of a Chinese company called Lepin reproducing bootleg copies of various LEGO sets and selling them on the market for a fraction of the normal retail price. People who aren’t LEGO enthusiasts may not immediate know the difference between the Lepin clones and LEGO as they have similar logo fonts and packaging but us fans know it very well.
There’s news coming out of the LEGO Ambassador Network earlier this morning that The LEGO Group has filed civil actions in China against Lepin and the cases have been accepted in Chinese courts. Whether or not TLG will win these cases remain to be seen. You can check out the whole post below.
Dear RLUG Ambassadors,
We would like to confirm that the LEGO Group have recently filed civil actions in China against the manufacturer and distributor of LEPIN/乐拼 branded construction toys. Our cases have been accepted by Chinese courts and are now pending for trials. We expect the 1st instance decision to be handed down in approximately one years’ time. Please note that LEPIN will not be legally barred from marketing and selling its products while the case is being heard by the courts.
We deeply appreciate and share the LEGO community’s concern and frustration about passing-off or imitation of LEGO® products. We are committed to do whatever necessary to protect the LEGO brand and products against undue exploitation, and to minimize the risk of consumers being misled via improper use of LEGO Group intellectual property assets.
We want to thank all of you for your loyalty and support. Please feel free to share this message.
On behalf of the LEGO Group,