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LEGO Ideas Releases More Video Call Backgrounds

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A few days, LEGO released some video backgrounds for those who are telecommuting and today, LEGO Ideas has also released some that are created by the LEGO community. For the past few weeks, they did an activity called “Create a Custom Background for fans to submit their own builds for various occasions. They have gathered a good number of them and have put them all in a Google Drive so you can download them. They will continue to add to the list so keep checking back for new ones.

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LEGO Product Availability Update

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You may have noticed that a lot of sets on LEGO [email protected] have been on backorder status for a while now and LEGO has given an explanation on future product availability. It nothing too out of the ordinary but at least there are updates on the situation.

During the past few months we have seen a strong demand for our products as families and hobbyists turn to building to help them get through this difficult period. As a result, we have been working incredibly hard to make sure that our products are available online in our stores and our retail partners’ e-commerce sites.

We have been fortunate that our factories in Europe and Asia continue to operate. Our factory in Mexico has been closed for the past few weeks after the Mexican government ordered all non-essential manufacturing sites to close while the country focused on preventing the spread of the virus. We have been using our full global supply chain to ship products to all markets and fulfill orders as best as possible.

While COVID has created a very dynamic and uncertain environment, at this stage it hasn’t impacted decisions about when to retire products.

So far we have seen very limited disruption to supply and at this stage we continue to be able to supply our retail partners and our e-commerce store on LEGO.com.

Does this mean there will be a shortage of LEGO products?

We have products in distribution centres and warehouses and are working hard to fulfill orders. We also have a global network of factories and our sites in Europe and Asia are currently operating, so will do all we can to continue to make and deliver the products people most want.

Of course it’s a very dynamic situation that’s changing daily.

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How to Motorize LEGO Fairground Collection Haunted House (10273)

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Yesterday’s announcement for the LEGO Fairground Collection Haunted House (10273) had an overwhelming positive response from the community and one of the main features is the Tower of Terror style free-fall ride that is in the back. Of course you can manually crank the lift up but you can also motorize it with the use of the Powered Up app.

On the back of the box, it shows that you’ll need the Powered Up Hub (88009) along with two Medium Motor (88008), and the free app. I assume all of these is to control how fast the lift goes up or down but there’s no information about that in the press release. Note that those parts are not included with the set so you’ll have to purchase them separately to get the full experience. I’m sure some of you will try to integrate the older Power Functions in it as a replacement if it is possible.

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LEGO Fairground Collection Haunted House (10273) Designer Video

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Today was the big announcement for the LEGO Fairground Collection Haunted House (10273) and in addition, LEGO has also released the designer video for the set. Designers Carl Merriam, Mike Psiaki, Niek van Slagmaat and graphic designer Austin Carlson talk about some of the details in the set. One thing that was interesting to me was that LEGO used a lot of old builds from previous sets and rebuilt them in this one. It’s also cool to see the elevator feature which can also be controlled with the Powered Up app.

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LEGO Fairground Collection Haunted House (10273) Officially Announced

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LEGO has officially announced their first set in the newly labeled LEGO Fairground Collection with the Haunted House (10273). The summer fairground sets are no longer listed as a LEGO Creator set but it will be under this new line. It has 3,231 pieces and will retail for $249.99 and will be released next week on May 20. The box features the new black design that some of the more recent sets have been like which is explained more below. Check out press release and more images below.

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LEGO Ideas Community – Greendale Community College Achieves 10,000 Supporters

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The Community – Greendale Community College by bulldoozer21 is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It is based on the hit TV comedy show and it features the Group Study Room F and it is filled with a lot of references from the show. It also proposes all of the main characters including Jeff, Britta, Annie, Shirley, Pierce, Troy, Abed, Dean Pelton, and Chang. It now joins The Mountain Windmill as the projects to reach the Second 2020 Review Stage.

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LEGO Brand Stores in US Reopening Soon

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LEGO Stores have been closed for about two months but there is some good news coming out of the LEGO Ambassador Network. Retail Events Manager Paul Striefler has let us know that some stores will be reopening soon while others will be doing curbside pickup starting as early as tomorrow. Details of which stores will be doing what are listed below.

Hi AFOL Community,

Select LEGO Stores are re-opening soon! We are complying with local regulations and providing guidelines to keep our visitors and team members safe. We have re-opened three store locations to the public and the following locations below have been approved to do curbside pickup as of this Wednesday 5/13. Please note that we currently do not have any of the new items in-stock that were recently released while we were closed and PAB/BAM will not be available at this time. Please check your local store page for current business hours or call the store before you visit. As you can imagine things are changing by the minute and this list could change. We look forward to greeting you back to our stores. Thank you for your patience and support!

Open Locations:

783 North Point, GA
743 Stonebriar, TX
778 Woodlands, TX

Curbside Pick-Up:

825 FASHION SHOW, NV
739 CHANDLER, AZ
769 ARROWHEAD, AZ
729 ONTARIO MILLS, CA
716 FASHION VALLEY, CA
846 HAYWOOD MALL, SC
755 CONCORD MILLS, NC
833 SOUTHPARK, NC
856 ST. JOHN’S TOWN CTR, FL
857 TOWN CTR at BOCA RATON, FL
717 SAWGRASS MILLS, FL
845 LAKESIDE MALL, LA
703 PARK MEADOWS, CO
711 COLORADO MILLS, CO
816 FASHION PLACE, UT
815 GUILFORD TOWN CTR, C
766 CHINOOK CENTER, CAN
779 OAKRIDGE, CAN
720 BELLEVUE, WA
787 ALDERWOOD, WA
836 SOUTH CENTER, WA
820 WESTFARMS MALL, CT
745 KENWOOD, OH
709 BEACHWOOD PLACE, OH
750 EASTON, OH
834 POLO PARK, CAN
701 MALL OF AMERICA, MN
768 SOMERSET, MI
705 CHICAGO, IL
749 ORLAND SQUARE, IL
900 GURNEE MILLS, IL
782 MAYFAIR, WI
714 WOODFIELD MALL, IL
713 NORTHBROOK COURT, IL
707 ATLANTA, GA
851 OXMOOR MALL, KY
767 CHRISTIANA, DE

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