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Upcoming BrickLink Changes in 2014-2015

Users of BrickLink, this piece of news is probably what you’ve been waiting for. Chief Site Architect Marvin Park has given an outline for what’s in store for the updated BrickLink until the end of 2015. They’ve been gathering information from various sources and getting feedback for improvements to BrickLink. Many of the features listed are what buyers as well as sellers have been waiting for so it’s great to see that they’ll finally being implemented.

Also, they’ve dropped the version numbering system like BrickLink 1.0, 2.0, etc. to available confusion. As a substitute, the major revisions will have an unique code name. Check out below BrickLink has in store for the next year.

November 2014 – Price Quotation

– Sellers will be able to opt-in to give price quotes for orders.
– Buyers aren’t obligated to purchase the quoted orders but quoted items won’t be held for the buyers.
– Quotation-based ordering system will comply with the German e-commerce law (a.k.a German Button solution).

January 2015 – Automated Shipping Cost Calculation

– Shipping costs can be automatically calculated when sending invoices and quotes.
– Initial release of this feature will officially support USPS (USA), Royal Mail (UK), Deutsche Post (Germany), and PostNL (Netherlands).

Q1, 2015 / TBA – Express Checkout

– Paypal payments will be integrated within the store checkout process. (Finally!). Buyers will be able to send Paypal payments directly to sellers as part of the checkout process. (Q1, 2015).
– Ultimately, BrickLink will accept credit card and PayPal payments from buyers and pass them to sellers when shipment is verified. (TBA)
– With the new express checkout system, sellers don’t have to worry about Non Paying Buyers, and buyers are better protected from Non Shipping Sellers.

Q2, 2015 – New UI and Improved Usability – Codename: Face/off

– The UI will have a new modernized look and feel.
– Site navigation will be more intuitive and simplified while keeping the core functionality of the site.
– Key features, including the Wanted List and store management tools, will have improved usability.

TBA – Catalog / Search upgrade – Codename: Catalog

– The overall process to add, search, and identify parts to and from the Catalog will be refined.
– Outdated and items with missing images will be updated with high quality images.
– Smarter keyword search and experimental new features will be added to Parts search.

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LEGO Classic Space/Star Wars T-Shirt Available at Unamee

We’re back with another LEGO themed t-shirt and this time we’re featuring one from Unamee.com. The shirt has the Classic Space logo but with a Star Wars twist to it. Instead of a shuttle flying around the moon, the shirt has the Millennium Falcon flying around the uncompleted Death Star from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Unlike other t-shirts we’ve featured before that only lasted 24 hours, this one from Unamee lasts for a whole week. There are also three colors to choose from: black, blue, and brown. The 1980 Something Falcon t-shirt by Samuri Ferret goes for $11.

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Steampunk LEGO Book Review

A new batch of books have come in from No Starch Press and I’ve been excited for these when I first heard about them. The first book that I’ll be reviewing is Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber. If that name sounds familiar, may have heard of it before in the LEGO community.

Guy’s LEGO creations are very well known in the community and he even has a couple of successful Kickstarter projects like Pigs vs Cows, SKULLS!, and Munchkin Bricks. Guy also has an extensive background with special makeup effects and animatronics in many feature films such as Independence Day, Alien 3, and the Underworld trilogy.

Steampunk LEGO is a hardback book filled with 200 fully-colored pages and it retails for $29.95.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

The first thing that you admire is the very nice cover of The Golden Empress by V&A Steamworks (Guy Himber). The cover is actually a jacket that is designed by Sylvain Amacher (https://www.facebook.com/captainsmog). The back of the jacket shows an image of Guy’s HMS Moondreams’s Voyage to the Moon. The book itself is a blue hardback with “Steampunk LEGO” embossed on the front and on the spine. With or without the book jacket, it’s great to show off either way. The pages of the book itself has this old-school feel to it. It’s hard to say how it feels like but it’s glossy but has a certain texture to it that makes it feel old. I’m not sure if all the books are like that or just mine, not that I’m complaining.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO is separated into 12 different chapters categorized by the type of Steampunk build such as “Robots and Automatons,” “Armaments and Sundries,” and “Airships and Dirigibles.” The first chapter talks about what the Steampunk genre really is. Simply, it is “a creative genre that imagines an alternate history of 19th-century technology.”

The book takes you along with fictional explorer Sir Herbert Jobson and Lieutenant V.P. Penfold as they travel around the world, aka LEGO community, while cataloging the different Steampunk builds for Queen Victoria. Each build gets a short description of what they are and the story behind it.

Steampunk LEGO

Rolling Stock is a chapter dedicated to LEGO builds that are centered towards steam-powered trains built by various artists like Pascal Schmidt and Beau Donnan.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

The next chapter called Monowheels and Penny-Farthings takes a look at vehicular builds that only have one wheel or penny-farthings. Just by looking at these, you can see that even though the vehicles have three or less wheels, transportation is no problem.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

The following chapter, Horseless Carriages, features types of transportation that aren’t pulled by horses. Some of these builds include steam-powered tanks and walkers. One notable build is the Crawler Town by Dave Degobbi.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Robots and Automatons are pretty much what it says. Sir Herbert Jobson now takes time to check out some of the bipedal builds that are in the Steampunk genre.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Halfway into Steampunk LEGO, we now take a look into Arnaments and Sundries. There are a number of weapons as well as utility items that are presented. Fellow SandLUG member Matt Armstrong’s (Monsterbrick) builds are heavily represented in this chapter. They’re so realistic that you wouldn’t even recognize that they were created with LEGO bricks if you were far away.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Cabinet of Curiosities is a chapter that takes a look into smaller type builds that you may find on a cabinet shelf at that time. Although they are small, you can easily recogonize what the builds represent.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

The Seven Seas chapter takes a look at nautical builds ranging from ships to subs. If you’re into vehicles in the open seas, then this chapter is for you.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Airships and Dirigibles is one of the larger chapters in Steampunk LEGO and it takes a look at some of the best Steampunk flying machine builds the community has to offer.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Clockwork Beasties explores the various creatures that have been built. Some represent actual creatures in a Steampunky way while others are fantasy driven.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

In the second to last chapter, we have Floating Rocks. This is a chapter dedicated to buildings that float on giant rocks.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

The final chapter is Space! This chapter shows some builds that fly in space. Most of the builds are from the Star Wars Universe like the X-Ray Fighter which is build in the style of the X-Wing and a Millennium Falcon with a very Steampunk twist. There are also some original spacecrafts as well in the chapter.

Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO

Overall, Steampunk LEGO is a very cool book by No Starch Press whether you’re a LEGO fan, a Steampunk fan, or both. Guy has put together a nice collection of some of the best Steampunk-type builds in the LEGO community. When I did a preview post of some upcoming books by No Starch, there was pretty good interest in this book from the comments I was getting. You can now pre-order Steampunk LEGO from Steampunk LEGO or on No Starch. It will be available at the end of November. Thank you again to No Starch for sending a review copy in.

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LEGO Marvel TASM2 Electro Polybag (5002125) Available at Toys R Us Later This Year

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Amazing Spider Man 2 Electro Polybag

FBTB is reporting that the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Electro (5002125) minifigure polybag based on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie will be available as a promotion at Toys R Us stores later this year. Ace also notes that about 100,000 of the Electro minifigures were made.

Earlier, we reported that this particular polybag was given out at LEGO KidsFest in Virginia earlier this month.

We’ll have more details on how much you have to purchase at Toys R Us to get one of the Electro (5002125) polybags as soon as they become available.

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Warner Bros. Announce Upcoming LEGO Movie Release Dates

In a shareholder meeting yesterday, Warner Bros. presented details of upcoming LEGO movies and gave tentative release dates for the next three films. With the huge success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Warner Bros. is hoping these films will have the same success as well.

As we reported a few months ago, the LEGO Ninjago movie is already scheduled for September 23, 2016. Charlie Bean will be directing the film while Dan and Kevin Hageman will be writing the script.

The recently announced LEGO Batman spinoff, voiced by Will Arnett, will probably take place on May 26, 2017 which takes the spot that was previously for The LEGO Movie 2. Chris McKay will be directing and Seth Grahame-Smith will be writing the story. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller will be producing.

There were also two more LEGO films slated for Memorial Day weekend in 2018 and 2019. The LEGO Movie 2 will most likely take the May 25, 2018 release date which was also reported back in August. At the same time, there was an untitled LEGO Movie scheduled for May 24, 2019 which could be anything at this point, whether it be LEGO Ninjago or LEGO Batman sequels or even The LEGO Movie 3.

There’s no doubt that there will be official sets that will be released in conjunction with all these movies. Stay tuned as we will be reporting more details about the upcoming LEGO movies as they become available.

**Via ComicBook.com**

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Chris Miller Celebrates LEGO Batman Movie Announcement

With the announcement of the spinoff LEGO Batman movie, producer Christopher Miller celebrated today and tweeted out the image above which looks very familiar to Batman fans. The image shows a Batman minifigure in a pose that next to the Batmobile from The LEGO Movie which is similar to Ben Affleck’s pose for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Batmobile could be an official set when the LEGO Batman movie comes out in 2017?

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Creations for Charity 2014 Sale Begins Today

Creations for Charity store opens today!

The 6th annual Creations for Charity sale starts today. If you haven’t heard about it before, it’s a fundraiser founded by Nannan Zhang and it is for LEGO builders to donate their creations to sell and raise money to purchase LEGO sets for underprivileged children.

Until the November 15th, you can donate your creations and they will be listed for sale until November 30th. Check out Creations for Charity to see the builds that have already been donated and help raise money for this very worthy cause.

Last year, the fundraiser donated over $20,000 worth of LEGO sets to children in six different cities across three countries and they hope to surpass it this year.

Merry Christmas from Creations for Charity 2013!

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