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Brick Fanatics Collectible Minifigures Postcard Diorama Contest

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Our friends over at Brick Fanatics, in conjunction with The Minifigure Store, is holding a Collectible Minifigures Postcard Diorama Contest to win some fabulous prizes. The object of the contest is to create a 8×16 diorama that uses Collectible Minifigures from any series including the Team GB Olympic ones and show how they would spend their time off on their holidays. You have until September 1st to upload your image to Brick Fanatics’ Flickr Group. The first place winner will receive a complete set of the Series 11 Collectible Minifigures. See more of the rules below:

  • The winner will receive a brand new set of Series 11 Minifigures, the runner up will receive eight Series 11 Minifigures of their choice and 3rd place will receive four Series 11 Minifigures of their choice, all courtesy of The Minifigure Store.
  • Entries must be posted on the Flickr Group by 23:59:59 GMT, September 1st, 2013.
  • You must be aged 16 or over to enter this competition.
  • Contest is open to anyone worldwide.
  • Only ONE entry per user is allowed.
  • All entries should be new builds. By ‘new’ we mean never posted anywhere previously.
  • Entries MUST be 8 x 16 studs in size.
  • NO overlap / overhang at the sides is allowed. Your build must NOT exceed 8 x 16 studs.
  • Your entry MUST feature AT LEAST ONE Minifigure from Series 1 – 10 of the LEGO Collectable Minifigures (CMF) range or the Team GB Olympic range.
  • NO modifications are allowed to the Minifigures; so no parts swapping.
  • All entries MUST be built from LEGO parts only. No clone brands, third-party parts, or digital entries allowed.
  • All entries MUST be suitable for children; so no graphic violence, Adult content etc. Please use common sense when planning your design; would your build be suitable to display in a LEGO Brand Store?
  • Entries MUST be submitted to the Brick Fanatics Contest Group on Flickr by the deadline shown above.
  • Your entry MUST contain the text “CMF Postcard Diorama Contest”, either in the Title or Description of your photo.
  • No digital alterations of the image are allowed. Please try and photograph your entry on a plain background (i.e. white or black)
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not follow these rules.
  • Once the deadline for entries has passed, instructions for voting will be posted on http://brickfanatics.co.uk/
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LEGO CUUSOO Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Achieves 10000 Supporters

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The LEGO CUUSOO Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary project by BrentWaller has achieved 10000 supporters and will now move on to the Fall 2013 review. The Ghostbusters movie will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in 2014 and the project will feature many elements of the movie including Ecto-1 and the main characters of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore as well as Slimer. The image does show the Firehouse but Brent doesn’t think that it will be included in the final product. With this achievement, Brent has become the second CUUSOO creator to have two or more projects to reach 10000 supporters with his Batmobile Tumbler Minifig Scale being the first project. mb_bricks was the first creator to do so. The Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary has been climbing the ranks of supporters the past few weeks and today has finally reached the ultimate goal of 10000 supporters. Congratulations to BrentWaller again for reaching the goal and if everything goes well, we’ll be seeing a Ghostbusters set in the near future and will be joining the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (21103) as an official LEGO CUUSOO movie set.

Congratulations on 10,000 supporters, BrentWaller!

2013.08.14
This project couldn’t help it … it just popped up there! Congratulations on reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO.

Ghostbusters fans around the world have shown that they want to see a commemorative LEGO set and you’ve now reached the milestone where we will evaluate the potential of creating a set based on your proposal.

What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The LEGO Review Begins in September
This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in September. For more information about the quarterly review process, see this blog post.

The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a product based on the “Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary” concept.

When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.

We will post follow-up information and our decision here.

The LEGO CUUSOO Team

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A Few More LEGO Variant Comic Book Covers

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Infinity #3

PREVIEWSworld has a couple more LEGO variant comic book covers that we haven’t seen before. Like the previous variant covers we’ve seen, they are illustrated by Marvel artist Leonel Castellani. Above shows Wolverine from the new Infinity #3 issue which pays homage to Incredible Hulk #340. Iron Man is seen battling Dr. Doom in the New Avengers #11 variant that is originally from Invincible Iron Man #150. Finally, we see Iron Man in Guardians of Galaxy #7 that is homage to Invincible Iron Man #80. These covers were created to promote the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game that comes out this October.

New Avengers #11

Guardians of Galaxy #7

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LEGO 2014 Set News and Rumors

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The LEGO Movie Video Game

As we head to the second half of the year, rumors of the 2014 LEGO sets have began to surface. Eurobricks member Klaus-Dieter has been reporting on sets that may come out for various themes in the LEGO universe. First is some news about the Series 12 of the Collectible Minifigures theme. In this series, the minifigures will only be based on characters from the upcoming The LEGO Movie. You can go to the discussion for this piece of news here.

LEGO City of course will be getting a variety of sets as well. The names listed might not be the final ones but you can get an idea of what they are. You can read more about the Police and Great Vehicles subthemes here. More details about the Friends theme can be found here.

CITY

Police

  • Break-Out of the Police Station (~€99.99)
  • Break-Out of the Prison Transporter
  • Bandit’s Hiding Place (~€49.99)
  • Police Motorcycle Chase
  • Police Helicopter Chase (~€49.99)
  • Police Boat Transporter (~€49.99)
  • Mobile Police Unit (€29.99)

Great Vehicles

  • Camper with Canoe
  • Jeep with Jetski
  • Wood Transporter
  • Car Transporter
  • Racing Car
  • Monster Truck
  • Repair Car
  • Tow Truck

FRIENDS

  • Mission at the Beach
  • Beach and Smoothie Bar
  • Beach House

Finally, Klaus-Dieter has posted some Star Wars sets for the first wave of 2014. Again, the set names listed are probably not the final names you will see when the sets are released. You can read more about the Star Wars sets here.

Update: CM4S has posted an update on the Star Wars line. There will be a new subtheme called “Recruitment” and they will be replacing the Planet sets. They are small mid-scale sets that have one figure included but will not be able to fit inside the vehicle. The system sets will mostly be based on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Battle Packs will have minifigures from the same faction and not the faction versus faction like in Battle Packs from previous years. This makes it much easier for people who are building armies of a particular faction.

Update 2: I’ve seen the images of these sets and can confirm that the minifigures will be able to sit inside/on the vehicle and they will be called “Microfighters”. The boxes are dark and feature Darth Vader on the top right corner. They are listed to launch in February.

System

  • Jedi Interceptor (Anakin’s Yellow) (73038)
  • V-Wing Starfighter (75039)
  • General Grievous’ Wheel Bike (75040)
  • Vulture Droid (75041)
  • Droid Gunship (75042)
  • AT-AP (75043)
  • Droid Tri-Fighter (75044)
  • Republic AV-7 Anti-Vehicle Cannon (75045)
  • Coruscant Police Gunship (75046)

Recruitment

  • Clone Turbo Tank (75028)
  • AAT (75029)
  • Millennium Falcon (75030)
  • TIE Interceptor (75031)
  • X-Wing Fighter (75032)
  • Imperial Star Destroyer (75033)

Battle Packs

  • Death Star Troopers (75034)
  • Kashyyyk Troopers (75035)
  • Utapau Troopers (75036)
  • Battle on Saleucami (75037)

All of these sets are in addition to the LEGO The Simpsons sets that we heard about yesterday. Which sets are you looking forward to picking up in 2014?

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings The Wizard Battle (79005) Review

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The LEGO The Lord of the Rings The Wizard Battle (79005) set recreates the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf the Grey first learns that Saruman the White has a secret alliance with Sauron to get the One Ring from Frodo Baggins. The set contains 113 pieces and retails for $12.99 for a $0.11/piece ratio. The box contains two unnumbered bags, one instruction booklet, and two loose 2×14 grey plates.

LEGO The Lord of the Rings The Wizard Battle (79005) LEGO The Lord of the Rings The Wizard Battle (79005)

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LEGO The Simpsons Set Rumors

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Last week, it was confirmed that LEGO will be releasing sets based on The Simpsons TV show. Springfield Bricks is reporting a user on Reddit has a friend that works in a toy store in the UK and says The Simpsons sets will be available during the winter of this year. Again, these are just rumors and we’ll wait until LEGO confirms this before we get our hopes up.

Bart’s Skate Trick (£10) with Bart Simpson and Milhouse Van Houten minifigures.

Homer at the Control Panel (£20) with Homer Simpson, Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers minifigures.

Lisa’s Sax Preformance (£30) with Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson and the twins Sherri and Terri minifigures.

Springfield Shops (£50) with Bart Simpson, a cashier Krusty Burger, Krusty the Clown, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and Nelson Muntz minifigures.

Simpson’s House (£70) with Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Jay-Jedediah Abraham “Abe” Simpson aka Grandpa, Ned Flanders and the dog Santa’s Little Helper minifigures.

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LEGO CUUSOO Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (21103) Review

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It is finally here! The latest LEGO CUUSOO to be released as an official LEGO set is the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (21103). The set was created by Masashi Togami and Team BTTF and was submitted to CUUSOO on August 1, 2011. It wasn’t until April 28, 2012 that the projected had enough supporters to go to the Summer 2012 Review. During the review stage, the DeLorean was going up against three other popular projects and we all know the outcome of that. In December 2012, LEGO announced that the DeLorean Time Machine would be an official LEGO set. During the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, LEGO released the set on sale early for attendees of the event and on August 1st, the set was officially released to the public which is two years to the day after it was first submitted on CUUSOO. The set contains 401 pieces and retails for $34.99, a $0.09/piece ratio. The box contains five unnumbered bags, one fairly large instruction booklet, and three loose plates.

LEGO CUUSOO Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (21103) LEGO CUUSOO Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine (21103)

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