First Build of 2017

I wanted to start 2017 with an iconic build, and i did just that.

My first build of 2017 was the awesome Ghostbusters Ecto-1. It was an incredible build. Both car and minifigures have lot of small details that totally represent this iconic vehicle.

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I’ll make a complete review in a future post.

And you, what was you first build of 2017?

The LEGO Store in Leicester Square

I had the opportunity to visit London during last week and one of the places I had to visit was the new LEGO shop.

The place is not only a LEGO store. It’s becoming a point of interest in the square. The store was full of people taking pictures and seeing the awesome constructions.

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One of the main points of interest is the tube built in LEGO were you can take a picture with 2 LEGO minifigures well known in England: Shakespeare and The Royal Guard.

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You also have one of London’s best known landmarks, the Big Ben, and the well known phone booth.

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Apart of that, a lot of LEGO spread between the 2 floors.

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Of course I had to buy something. I chose the new LEGO Ideas set, The Yellow Submarine. A really magnificent set featuring 4 of the best well known singers in the world: The Beatles.

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With the Beatles set I received the special Christmas gift, in my opinion one of the best of the last years, the Snow Globe.

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Awesome experience. Can’t wait to get back there.

Lego Yellow Submarine is now Available

LEGO just made available today its new LEGO Ideas set, The Yellow Submarine. So go and grab it!!!

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LEGO The Beatles Yellow Submarine

LEGO The Beatles Yellow Submarine

LEGO The Beatles Yellow Submarine

LEGO The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Lego sets that are retiring soon

A quick browse in the European store and I noticed that are several great sets are near retirement, 8 to be exact. For now, the US store is safe, that i think is a matter of time.

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LEGO 10218 Pet Shop

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 10218 Pet Shop
Price: £119.99 / $149.99 / 149.99€

LEGO 10234 Sydney Opera House

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 10234 Sydney Opera House
Price: £249.99 / $319.99 / 299.99€

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LEGO 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1
Price: £44.99 / $49.99 / 49.99€

LEGO 21302 The Big Bang Theory

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 21302 The Big Bang Theory
Price: £49.99 / $59.99 / 59.99€

LEGO 21303 WALL-E

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 21303 WALL-E
Price: £39.99 / $59.99 / 49.99€

LEGO 21304 Doctor Who

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 21304 Doctor Who
Price: £49.99 / $59.99 / 59.99€

LEGO Star Wars

LEGO 10236 Ewok Village

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 10236 Ewok Village
Price: £199.99 / $249.99 / 249.99€

LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler

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Lego Shop link: LEGO 75059 Sandcrawler
Price: £249.99 / $299.99 / 309,99€

From these i secured 3 of them: The Ewok Village, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and the Big Bang Theory set. I count to secure at least the Doctor Who because the Sandcrawler is a bit expensive.

So run for your lives and secure them before they vanish. The Retiring Soon mark means that the sets will only be available for a couple of weeks, maybe while supplies last.

Open Letter to LEPIN from an angry AFOL

LEPIN has been in the mouths of the world and not for the best reasons.

First was the fact that LEGO finally filled an action against them. And it was about time, because there is nothing worse than a company that lives of the intellectual property of other.

Second was a sad fact that LEPIN not only steals from LEGO, but now steals from the community. A t least 3 sets have been “stolen”, sets that were submitted to LEGO Ideas and unfortunately did not make the cut.

One of them, The Museum of Natural History was submitted to LEGO Ideas in 2014 and did not gather the needed support to be evaluated by LEGO. Now, LEPIN, without asking its creator, stole the design and is selling it as one of their news “Creator” sets.

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Of course the owner of the project gone mad and wrote and open letter do LEPIN. I think this letter summaries the feel of every AFOL out there.

To Lepin,

What you’re doing is wrong.

I would think this would be obvious, but clearly that isn’t the case. It’s obvious neither to you, nor is it obvious to your customers. Apparently, both of you feel entitled to other people’s work. You feel that you have a right to copy the designs of others, and that because there is a demand in the marketplace, you have a right to fulfill it. I want this to be very clear – you don’t.

For years now, you have been stealing the LEGO Group’s products. I’m not simply talking about producing building bricks. You are free to do so, and if you did so responsibly, there would be no problem. You steal their branding, their designs, IP, and advertising. You do everything you can to look like a legitimate LEGO product.

As a company, Lepin, you take it upon yourself to provide copies of LEGO sets at a cheaper price. Your customers see this as a good thing. It means they can get current, or even retired sets for much less than the asking price, which in their eyes is ‘too high’. That difference in cost is facilitated by your moral bankruptcy. Of course you can provide a cheaper version when you pay not for the licensing, design, branding, marketing, nor research.

I agree that aftermarket prices for retired LEGO sets are more often than not completely ridiculous. That isn’t the LEGO Group’s fault. That is the fault of opportunists, not so different from yourself, preying on those who were unable to purchase a set when it was available. I also understand that there is still a demand for these sets. The LEGO Group has no responsibility to keep sets in production in perpetuity, or to re-release old sets. Would it be great if they did? Absolutely. Are they obligated to, simply to satisfy rabid consumerism? Absolutely not.

The vileness of your practices is only getting worse, as you’ve now decided it isn’t enough to steal from another company. You’ve decided to apply your brand of thievery to the LEGO community at large. I recently read about a Lepin ‘CREATORS’ set, which is an exact copy of the ‘Barnes & Noble and Starbucks Store’ Ideas submission by wooootles. I was disgusted. How could someone even consider doing such a thing? Also shown was the back of the box, and there were many more stolen designs, including my ‘L. Rivendell Museum of Natural History’. My heart dropped into my stomach. I couldn’t believe it. There I was, looking at a build I had spent over a month on, being produced by a bootleg toy company. Someone else had taken my design, without my permission, and is selling it for a profit. You. You did that.

This type of theft doesn’t just hurt TLG, or individual builders like myself and the others you’ve wronged. It hurts the building community as a whole. There are so many amazing builders out there. There are so many people out there creating beautiful, inventive, funny, and surprising things. I’ve met a lot of really tremendous people through my experiences with LEGO. I’ve been given an incredible chance to interact with other builders through Blocks magazine, as well as at conventions or with my LUG. I even met the love of my life through this hobby. All of those opportunities only existed because there is a vibrant community of people sharing their work with each other.

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If you continue to steal people’s art, to capitalise on their hard work and ingenuity, then eventually people will stop sharing their work. People will cease to be inspired by one another. An incredible community would be destroyed. Without creative people and their ideas, there is nothing for you to steal. There is nothing for your customers to consume.

You clearly see value in what the LEGO Group, and builders like me bring into the world. Curiously though, you seem to see no value in we who make it possible. You could have contacted any of us, we’re not hard to find. You certainly found our work. You could have offered to license our designs (though I still would have declined because your business practices are utterly reprehensible). You could be a legitimate company. Instead, you choose to simply build your fortune on the work of those around you. It is both lazy and deplorable, and I sincerely hope one day karma catches up with you.

Yours,

Jme Wheeler

You can find Jme Wheeler projects in his Flickr page.

You can find more about this subject at Brickset and Brick Fanatics.

The Lego’s Yellow Submarine first images

The Yellow Submarine was announced in June has one of the winners of the LEGO Ideas. Finally LEGO released the first preview.

The original set was very good and detailed. You can see it below:

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The design has changed a lot, but is inline with its original. The Master builder’s touch just made the submarine a lot better.

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The minifigures are a lot more detailed and more close to the original, but was also expected.

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The Box is amazing, Very colorful and very yellow submarine like.

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Lego also released a little promotional video, The Yellow Submarine vs the Sea Monster.

Now, some information about the set:

Price: USD 59.99 / EUR 59,99 / GBP 49.99
Pieces: 550
Release Date: 1st of November

Official LEGO description:

Take a surreal trip under the seas in the LEGO® version of the Yellow Submarine from the iconic 1968 animated musical fantasy film inspired by The Beatles. Ideal for display or role-play fun, the Yellow Submarine features loads of cool, authentic details including a cockpit for the included minifigures of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Lego Ideas First Review of 2016 Results

Lego released today the first 2016 Lego ideas results.

From the 9 constructions in contest, only one won. And the winner is:

Old Fishing Store

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Sets like the Fossil Museum, The Jedi High Council or Johnny Five did not make the cut unfortunately.

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You can see the full unveil video below:

In the beginning of 2017, Lego will reveal the winner or winners of the second LEGO review of 2016. The candidates are below.

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source: Lego Ideas Blog

2nd LEGO Ideas review of 2016

LEGO Ideas blog recently announced that all the projects that want to hit the 2nd review of 2016 must reach the 10k until 5th of September (today).

As Autumn slowly creeps up on us, so does the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review deadline. Projects have until Monday September 5th at 12:00 midnight (Central European Summer Time or GMT+2) to gather support if they want to be considered in the Second 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. Want to help your favourite project reach the 10,000 supporter milestone before the deadline? Then help spread the word and push those projects to the finish line!

For now only 12 projects have hit the mark:

Woman in Nasa by 20tauri

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Adams Family house by afol777

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Voltron by len_d69

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Lego Observatory – Mountain View by ThomasW

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Modular Construction Site by ryantaggart

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Merchant’s House by bigboy99899

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Plum Creek – The Little House on the Prairie by SeigneurFett

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster by Firas_supercar

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Lovelace & Babbage by stubot

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The Large Hadron Collider by NathanR2015

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Star Wars UCS X34 Landspeeder by Psyence-

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Spaceballs – Eagle 5 by NvdK

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Good luck to all!

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Not all projects that reach 10000 supporters in LEGO Ideas are approved. That was the case of Stay Puft Marshmallow Man that, although it reached the difficult mark of 10000 supporters, it was refused by the “LEGO Review Board”.

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But not everything is lost. Its creator, Brent Waller, decided to share on his website the instructions for the awesome MOC.

So if you are a fan of the character and decide to replicate the figure, just go to Brent Waller’s official website and download the instructions.

LEGO Ideas Third 2015 Review Results

At the beginning of June, LEGO Ideas revealed the winners of the sets that reached 10000 votes between September 2015 and January 2016. There were 9 sets in the race:

  • Beatles Yellow Submarine
  • Apollo 11 Saturn V
  • Jurassic Park Explorer
  • 20000 Leagues Under the Sea Nautilus
  • Toyota Landcruiser 40 Series
  • HMS Beagle
  • Concorde
  • National Park Service Centennial Vignettes
  • Victorian London Christmas

From this 9 sets, Nautilus was a fenomenal set that wasn’t approved. Shame… From the 9 sets, the winners were:

Yellow Submarine

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Apollo 11 Saturn V

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There was no statement why the other sets were not chosen but, in my opinion, factors ike complexity, estimated price or, more important, if a licence can be obtained at valid reasons.

Obviously the winning sets will have to take the special touch from the LEGO Master Builder and, although the final result will be identical, they will be different from the original.

The results were revealed by Hasan Jensen, one of the elements of the LEGO Ideas team.

The next revision is schedule to the fall of 2016 and they already have the 9 candidates:

  • Fossil Museum
  • Gingerbread House
  • Jedi High Council
  • Jurassic Park Visitor Center
  • Modular Train Station
  • Old Fishing Store
  • Particle Accelerator
  • Rolling LEGO BB-8
  • Johnny Five

From these 9 sets my favorite is the Jedi High Council.. It would be a set full of awesome minifigures that would look great in my living room.