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LEGO City Straight and T-junction (60236) Amazon Sale – January 2020

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If you are expanding your LEGO City, Amazon has a great deal on some Straight and T-junction (60236) road plates. They are currently on sale for $9.95 each which is 34% off the regular price. These road plates go on sale but they don’t go this low that often. It’s been about 10 months since it has dropped below $10.

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LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) Promotion Now Live on [email protected]

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The promotion for the LEGO Hidden Side Drag Racer (40408) set is now live on LEGO [email protected]. From now until February 9, you can get it for free with purchases of $45 or more, while supplies last. The 134 piece set features a ghostly drag racer along with minifigures of Jack and Dwayne.

The promotion also stacks with the Year of the Rat set with purchases of $80 or more and the LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi minifigure with Star Wars purchases of $40.

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Vote on the Next LEGO Star Wars UCS Set

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LEGO has released a new blog post on LEGO Ideas where they are asking you to decide on the next LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series sets. They have given you a choice between the Nubulon B Escort Frigate, TIE Bomber, and the Republic Gunship. All you have to do is to go to this link and choose which UCS set you would like to see and add a minifigure you want to be included. The voting will be open until January 30 at 4am EST.

This is an interesting post simply because I believe this is the first time that LEGO has asked us to vote on a LEGO Star Wars UCS set. I’m not sure if this is a one time thing or they will continue doing it in the future.

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LEGO Overwatch D.Va and Reinhardt (75973) Amazon Sale – January 2020

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LEGO deals have been somewhat limited so far in 2020 but there is a great one on Amazon for the LEGO Overwatch D.Va and Reinhardt (75973). It is currently on sale for $23.99 which is 40% off the regular price and it is the lowest the set has been on Amazon. Walmart is currently price matching as well.

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LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) Review

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LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321)

Last year, LEGO ran a contest on LEGO Ideas called the 10 Year Anniversary Fan Vote in which we would be voting on some previous LEGO Ideas projects that were previously not approved and the winner would have a second chance on becoming an official set. The winner of the fan vote was the International Space Station (21321) by fan designer Christoph Ruge. The set has 864 pieces and will retail for $69.99 and will be available starting on February 1. The contents of the box include six numbered bags and the instructions.

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LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) Officially Announced

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LEGO has officially revealed the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (21321) which was the winner of the 10 Year Anniversary Fan Vote. The set has 864 pieces and will retail for $69.99 and it will be available starting on February 1.

21321 International Space Station

Ages 16+. 864 pieces

US $69.99– CA $99.99– DE €69.99– UK £64.99 – FR €59.99– DK 549DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Stunning LEGO® brick International Space Station for display

Build and display this spectacular LEGO® Ideas 21321 ISS (International Space Station). Packed with authentic ISS details, including a posable Canadarm2 and 2 rotating joints that coincide with 8 adjustable ‘solar panels’, this 864-piece set is a wonderful gift idea for space enthusiasts, adult LEGO fans or any experienced builder.

Beautiful centerpiece
This awesome LEGO spaceship model comes with a display stand, a buildable mini NASA space shuttle and 3 mini cargo spacecrafts, plus 2 astronaut microfigures to create a striking centerpiece in any room. Illustrated instructions are included, plus a 148-page booklet with fascinating ISS facts and information about the LEGO fan who created this space model kit and its LEGO designer.

Amazing ideas!
The infinitely diverse array of LEGO Ideas sets are all created by LEGO fans and voted for by LEGO fans. Inspired by real life, action heroes, iconic movies, popular TV series or totally original concepts, there is something to delight all ages.

• Challenge your construction skills with this LEGO® Ideas ISS (21321) display model, featuring 2 rotating joints with 8 adjustable ‘solar panels’, posable Canadarm2 and other authentic details to discover as you build.
• This ISS model comes with a stand, 2 astronaut microfigures, a brick-built mini NASA space shuttle and 3 mini cargo spacecrafts to create a spectacular display and rekindle nostalgic memories of childhood LEGO® projects.
• Also includes a 148-page booklet featuring fascinating facts about the International Space Station, the spaceship model’s fan creator and LEGO® designer, and a celebration of the LEGO Ideas theme’s 10th anniversary.
• A super treat for yourself, birthday present or holiday gift idea for space fans, adults aged 16+ or any experienced LEGO® builder, this 882-piece set offers hours of creative fun, whether built solo or with friends.
• This ISS (International Space Station) toy building kit for adults, measuring over 7” (20cm) high, 12” (31cm) long and 19” (49cm) wide, makes a beautiful display model that will catch the eye of every passerby.

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LEGO Wins Final Decisions in Major Intellectual Property Lawsuits Against Lepin

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LEGO has announced that they have won final decisions in in major intellectual property lawsuits against Lepin. The Guangzhou courts have decided to uphold all the rulings of the infringement cases back from 2018. This means that Shantou Meizhi Model Co., Ltd will have to pay LEGO a total of RMB 4.7 million in damages and have to make a public apology. This is only a minor setback to Lepin as they have already changed company names to continue producing counterfeit products.

The LEGO Group wins final decisions in major intellectual property lawsuits against Lepin manufacturer in China

The LEGO Group announced today that it has received favourable final decisions from the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court against the appeals raised by defendants of multiple intellectual property infringement cases in China. It marks a significant legal victory for the LEGO Group to combat against imitators.

The court decided to uphold all of the first-instance rulings on the 18 copyright infringement and one unfair competition cases, which were handed down in favour of the LEGO Group in November 2018. These second-instance decisions are final and have entered into legal effect immediately upon issuance.

In these cases, Shantou Meizhi Model Co., Ltd. and its affiliates are liable of manufacturing and selling the infringing Lepin products. The 18 LEGO® sets and corresponding LEGO minifigures at dispute, are ruled as artworks protected under China Copyright Law belonging to the LEGO Group. Unauthorized copies of the same constitute copyright infringement, said the court.

The LEGO NINJAGO, NEXO KNIGHTS, and LEGENDS OF CHIMA series of toy sets are recognized by the court as products of certain influence in China. The trade dress for these products (and packaging) as well as the characters of LEGO NINJAGO are protected under the Anti-Unfair Competition Law in China, the court said in the final ruling.

Meizhi Model and all other defendants are ordered to cease infringement immediately, and to pay the LEGO Group a total of RMB 4.7 million (around DKK 4.5m) as damages. They are also ordered to make a public apology on the websites of China Toy and Juvenile Products Association and Guangdong Toy Association to the LEGO Group for Lepin infringement.

Robin Smith, Vice President and General Counsel, China & Asia Pacific, The LEGO Group, said “[i]ntellectual property rights are very important to the LEGO Group, and we constantly strive to enforce and protect our LEGO trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents. We are pleased with the court’s final decision and appreciate the efforts from all stakeholders in this case. It also shows the Chinese authorities’ commitment in creating a favourable business environment for multinational companies.”

The LEGO Group will follow up with the court on the collection of damages granted and enforcement of public apologies by Meizhi Model. It will also continue to support Shanghai police and procuratorate in the ongoing criminal case against executives of Meizhi Model who were arrested during the police’s raid against Lepin factories in April 2019.

The LEGO Group is dedicated to enforcing intellectual property rights against copiers and infringers and to protect its consumers. It has obtained many positive outcomes in its intellectual property enforcement actions in China in the past several years. In October 2017, the LEGO Group won a case at Shantou Intermediate Court against Bela, a Chinese toy manufacturer, for infringing the copyrights of the LEGO Group and for unfair competition. In another case decided earlier in July 2017, the LEGO logo and the LEGO word mark were recognized by the Beijing Higher Court as “well-known” trademarks in China.

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