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Fairy Bricks Theft – Information Wanted

A piece of sad news as our friends over at Fairy Bricks in the UK has reported that their van was broken into last night and a number of LEGO sets that were in the van for donations were stolen. It appears that were and probably have been targeted for a while as about 2,000 of the LEGO Seasonal 24-in-1 (40222) sets were stolen from their gated office area. The side door was pried open probably with a hydraulic tool. The set in question is from last year’s LEGO promotion which is shown below.

Most likely the people who stole the sets will be trying to get rid of them probably at a cheap price so if you see anything that’s out of the ordinary, please contact the Yorkshire Police via 101 quoting 13170537540.

This is a very unfortunate time because the holidays are just around the corner and many children will not be getting something that will make them a bit happier. If you’re not familiar with Fairy Bricks, they are an UK charity that provides LEGO sets to kids at local hospitals and hospices. You can help support Fairy Bricks by donating directly to them but more importantly, please share this post to help them find the perpetrator(s) behind this horrible event.

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LEGO Storage Guide Online Book by Tom Alphin

If you’ve been a somewhat longtime collector of LEGO, you’ve probably accumulated a number of sets. Displaying them in their entirety might be out of the question due to limited space so you may decide to separate the bricks and storing them somewhere.

Tom Alphin of The LEGO Architect (review) has released the LEGO Storage Guide which is a free online book giving you tips and recommendations on how to store your bricks. The guide is separated into two sections, organizing your bricks and displaying and displaying minifigures and each section has chapters which are structured into easy to follow topics.

I’m sure many fans, especially newer ones, have been wondering what is the most efficient way of storing their LEGO collection and it looks like The LEGO Storage Guide could be a valuable resource to use. Tom will be updating the guide in the future and is gladly taking feedback and suggestions so you can leave it over on his site or email him at [email protected].

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LEGO LIVE Event Announced for New York City February 16-18

We’ve just received a press release regarding the LEGO LIVE experience that will be coming to New York in February. The inaugural US event will be held in New York City from February 16-18 and you can now purchase tickets for the event. Some things that you can expect from LEGO LIVE is it will have life-size builds, workshops with LEGO Master Builders, and other activities the whole family can enjoy.

SPECTACULAR AND BRICK-TACULAR

LEGO® LIVE IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY FEBRUARY 16-18

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Inaugural show will feature 65,000 square feet of immersive experiences, hands-on building activities, live performances and demonstrations for families and visitors of all ages at Pier 36 in Manhattan

NEW YORK (November 6, 2017) – LEGO® LIVE will debut a unique blend of imagination, creativity and play for the first time in the United States with a major family event February 16-18, 2018 in New York City. This new official LEGO event will transform Pier 36 in Manhattan into a brick-built family adventure filled with playful activities, performances and more for both kids and kids at heart. Tickets are now on sale at legolive.frontgatetickets.com.

A must-attend event for any LEGO fan, LEGO LIVE NYC will include a range of interactive themed play zones, each offering a distinct experience – from classic building challenges to using coding and robotic technology to program a multifunctional model. Fans will also be able to meet LEGO Master Builders at the Master Lab Help Desk, where builders can get one-on-one advice and show off their creations. Show guests can explore the latest LEGO building sets, compete in exciting building challenges, and take photos with LEGO models based on beloved characters from iconic films and LEGO properties such as Star Wars™ and NINJAGO®. Among the many experiences, families will find:

· LEGO® Life: Maximize your show experience via the LEGO Life app, a safe, social network for kids who love to build. The app will offer details on show activities and insider tips, and the LEGO Life team will host exclusive opportunities to build, capture and share unique LEGO creations made at the show with the broader community of LEGO fans in the app.

· Meet the Masters on the Main Stage: Meet a LEGO Master Builder and learn building tips and tricks in live demonstrations, competitions and Q&A sessions.

· LEGO Architecture: Build together to create the iconic skyscrapers that make up the Manhattan skyline in this community building area.

· LEGO Minecraft™: Journey with Steve to build your way through the iconic and ever-popular Minecraft universe with the thousands of specialty LEGO pieces found in this creative building zone.

· Coding Corner: Build, code and play with the new LEGO BOOST and heritage LEGO MINDSTORMS® toolkits to test your skill in creating your own LEGO robot.
· LEGO Shop: Browse a huge selection of LEGO sets for builders of all ages, or select from an assortment of “show only” souvenirs.

“New York City is home to many of the world’s most dedicated, creative and passionate LEGO fans, so we are thrilled to debut this one-of-a-kind experience with families in the tri-state area,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations at LEGO Systems, Inc. “We can’t wait to see how that inherent creativity comes to life as we engage New Yorkers and visitors alike in memorable hands-on, minds-on LEGO play experiences for the entire family.”

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at legolive.frontgatetickets.com. $30 General Admission, $45 VIG (Very Important Guest) and $75 VIK (Very Important Kid) ticketing options are available.

Be sure to follow @LEGO on Facebook and Instagram and @Lego_Group on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest information on LEGO LIVE. Follow along and join the conversation using #LEGOLIVENYC.

For more information on LEGO LIVE, and to plan your visit, please visit liveevent.lego.com.

LEGO LIVE NYC is organized by Parallel Live in partnership with LEGO Systems, Inc.

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LEGO, NINJAGO, MINDSTORMS, their logos, the Minifigure and the brick & knob configuration are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Used with permission.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

© 2017 Mojang AB and Mojang Synergies AB. MINECRAFT is a trademark or registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.

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LEGO Inside Tour 2018 Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2018 LEGO Inside Tour has begun and it’s time to put your name on the list if you want to participate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Unlike previous years, it doesn’t look like it’s a first-come, first-served but more of a waiting listing and LEGO choosing random people. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 10 at 10am CET.

There are five tours that are available and if it’s the same as before, about 80 or so attendees are chosen for each session. The dates that you can attend are:

May 23-25
May 30-June 1
June 13-15
September 12-14
September 19-21

What is LEGO Inside Tour?

LEGO Inside Tour provides a unique look into the LEGO Group often referred to as ‘a once–in-a-lifetime experience’. You are invited inside Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s original house, featuring an extraordinary exhibition of LEGO sets and models that date back to 1934. You will meet LEGO employees and especially LEGO designers, who will introduce you to their daily work at the LEGO Group, and you will take part in a unique building experience together with LEGO designers. Part of the LEGO Inside Tour consists of a factory tour, where you can see how LEGO bricks are produced. LEGO Inside Tour also stops at the LEGO staff shop.

At the end of the tour, you will receive a unique gift exclusively produced in close cooperation with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen especially for this year’s LEGO Inside Tour participants.

The LEGO Group’s headquarters are based in Billund, Denmark, and here the LEGO Inside Tour will take place. Starting point of the 2-day tour is Hotel LEGOLAND®: www.hotellegoland.dk .

Terms and conditions for participating in LEGO Inside Tour

The price per person for taking part in LEGO Inside Tour is DKK 14,500. The price includes 2 overnight stays incl. breakfast (Wednesday until Friday), catering (Wednesday and Thursday) and an entry ticket to LEGOLAND®. All communication on the LEGO Inside Tour and the tour will be in English. LEGO fans taking part in the tour must be at least 7 years old. Children and teenagers between 7 and 17 years must be accompanied by an adult participant. We reserve the right to distribute the slots for LEGO Inside Tour 2017 but will consider preferences according to dates.

Travel costs to and from Hotel LEGOLAND and additional overnight stays are not included in the price. Participants are responsible for taking care of their additional travel arrangements outside LEGO Inside Tour. If you need to stay additional nights or require extra rooms, please contact Hotel LEGOLAND directly. Please inform the hotel staff that you are attending the LEGO Inside Tour. Please pay for any extra nights and/or rooms directly to the hotel on departure. In the LEGO staff shop, you will have the opportunity to buy products for personal use only, subject to a limit of two identical products per participant. We reserve the right to change the program for the tour.

Sign up

Use this page to sign up. We will provide a link, which directs you to an online sign-up form. Sign up will take place in a specific period communicated via this page. We will only consider sign up forms that are completed with all relevant information in English. Signing up for LEGO Inside Tour does not automatically register you for a tour. We reserve the right to not consider sign ups or to reject sign ups.

If you wish to take part in the tour together with family members, friends or others, you must sign up together. You can include up to five people in the sign up form. If you are signing up on behalf of someone else, you need to complete the form with the information of the person you want to sign up. You may replace their email address and telephone number with your own if you want the communication to go through you. We will focus on first-time participants who have not joined a LEGO Inside Tour before. You will receive confirmation of your sign up. It is therefore very important that you provide a correct e-mail address. We will inform you via e-mail about your participation in the LEGO Inside Tour. Please confirm your attendance within 3 days to approve your participation. Registration is then binding. Non-confirmed attendances will automatically expire after 3 days.

Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from Hotel LEGOLAND, Billund. Billund has an international airport: www.billundlufthavn.dk and Hotel LEGOLAND is only a few minutes away by car. There is easy access to taxis from the airport. You can also take the train from Copenhagen and create a travel plan via the Danish Railway: www.dsb.dk/om-dsb/in-english/

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The LEGO Trademark Now Recognized as a Well-Known Trademark in China

Back in September 2016, The LEGO Company started their legal battle against companies that produced knockoff sets. In what appears to be a landmark victory and a first step to take on counterfeiters, The LEGO Group has announced that the LEGO logo and name is now a “well-known” trademark in China meaning that it can now take action against companies that infringe on the trademark.

The Beijing Higher Court passed a ruling earlier this year [July 22, 2017] that recognises the LEGO® logo and the LEGO name in Chinese as ’well-known’ trademarks in China. The well-known trademark recognition is an important milestone in getting broader protection for LEGO trademarks in China. This means that the LEGO Group is now in a better position to act against infringement of LEGO trademarks, also outside the toy category.

Peter Thorslund Kjær, Vice President, Legal Affairs in the LEGO Group, said: “The ruling by the Beijing Higher Court is very important for the LEGO Group. It reflects the significant effort and investment put into marketing the LEGO brand and products towards the Chinese consumers, and it further reduces the risk that consumers in China are misled when they see the LEGO logo or the LEGO name in future. We are now in a better legal position acting against infringement of LEGO trademarks and defending our trademark portfolio.

“We see this as a recognition of our status in China as a known and loved brand by parents and children, and we appreciate the support from the Chinese government and authorities to ensure the continued protection of millions of Chinese consumers as well as our unique trademark and logo.”

The LEGO Group actively protects its trademarks globally and each year brings relevant cases to courts to ensure that consumers can always trust that a product carrying the LEGO logo or featuring the characteristic LEGO design is genuine.

“Since 1932 the LEGO name and the LEGO logo have been a guarantee of the highest safety and quality standards. We are committed to doing what it takes to protect children and assure parents that when a product features a LEGO logo it will offer the best quality, as well as be great fun to play with. We will continue to take action globally when we see attempts to mislead consumers and infringement of our trademarks and copyrights,” said Thorslund Kjær.

What consumers can do to ensure they get a genuine LEGO experience:

Look for the LEGO logo and LEGO name on the product
Look for the LEGO name on the bricks inside the box. Every genuine LEGO element has the LEGO name on it.
What makes LEGO products unique:

All LEGO elements made since 1958 fit together.
Each element has to pass thorough tests to ensure the durability and clutch power as well as physical safety requirements.
All raw materials used to manufacture LEGO bricks are thoroughly tested to ensure they meet the strictest global requirements for safety.

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LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) Now Available for Purchase

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312)

The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312) is now available for purchase on [email protected] The set retails for $24.99 and has 231 pieces with minifigures featuring some notable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I’ve already done an early review of the set and you can check that out here.

LEGO Ideas Women of NASA (21312)

Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

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Could We Look Forward to LEGO Re-Releasing More Retired Sets?

LEGO Creator Taj Mahal (10256)

Earlier this morning, LEGO announced the re-release of the LEGO Creator Taj Mahal (10256) that will be coming in a few short weeks. I believe this is the fifth “re-release” set that has been announced in the past few years with the Carousel (10257), Winter Toy Shop (10249), UCS Death Star (75159) and the UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) being the first couple. This looks to be a continuing trend that LEGO is doing and it might not be a bad thing. Newer fans are now able to purchase it again, at a slightly higher retail price, but at least it won’t that scarce anymore. This might also be a move to detract resellers since LEGO sets are supposed to be built and not be a form of currency. For example, since the announcement of the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), the price of a sealed copy of the original Falcon has dropped considerably on the secondary market.

LEGO fans have been asking for re-releases of retired sets for a long time and we know that LEGO has been listening. Even LEGO designer Jamie Berard stated it in the Taj Mahal teaser video. Heck, I even did an April Fool’s joke back in 2015 about it. The wheels may have been churning for a while now and it seems that now is a great time for old sets to make a comeback keeping in mind that it’s almost been been a decade since the original set came out. The 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon was also released ten years ago.

Could this mean something to look forward to in the future or is it just a mere coincidence? If LEGO is indeed re-releasing retired sets, which set(s) are you hoping to see make a return to store shelves?

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