LEGO Ideas - Ship in the Bottle

January 11th, 2018

Overnight LEGO released the next LEGO Ideas set. More photos in the full story.

Ship in a Bottle
21313
AUD$119.99
Available from 1 Feb 2018 [no early release for VIPs]

Build this beautiful ship and place it inside the brick-built bottle.

Designed by fan creator, Jake Sadovich, Idaho USA

Continue a nautical tradition when you build the LEGO® Ideas Ship in a Bottle, featuring a highly detailed ship with the captain’s quarters, cannons, masts, crow’s nest and printed sail elements. Fan creator, Jake Sadovich, was inspired by an actual ship in a bottle that he had built a few years earlier when he decided to build a replica in LEGO brick form. His creation reached the qualifying 10,000 votes with LEGO Ideas.

Features a LEGO® brick-built bottle, ship and a display stand.
- Bottle features a detailed, buildable cork with new-for-February 2018 wax-seal-style element and over 280 translucent-blue, water-style elements inside.
- Ship features a raised deck at the stern, captain’s quarters, 6 cannons, 3 masts, a crow’s nest and assorted elements including printed sails and the ship’s flag.
- Display stand features the ship’s ‘Leviathan’ nameplate, a built-in ‘compass’ (non-functioning) with detailed compass rose and spinning gold-colored needle, 2 globe elements and gold-colored detailing.
- Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator Jake Sadovich and LEGO® designers.
- This construction toy is suitable for ages 10+.
- Bottle on stand measures over 3" (10cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep.
- Ship measures over 3" (8cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.

The LEGO Shop@Home link
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Ship-in-a-Bottle-21313

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NEW LEGO Creator Expert Downtown Diner [10260]

December 1st, 2017

LEGO have announced the next Modular building:

10260 Downtown Diner, 2,480 pieces
AUD249.99
Available from 1st January, no VIP early access.
The set is already listed on LEGO.com
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Downtown-Diner-10260

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Discover a place where music is on the menu!

Drop in at the LEGO® Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen. The mid level has a gym with boxing ring, punching bag and weight training room, while on the upper-level you’ll find a recording studio, complete with vocal booth, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet. The facade of the building features pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling with a large ‘DINER’ sign. Other external features include arched windows, balconies and a staircase, plus a pink convertible car and a detailed sidewalk, complete with mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and a streetlamp. This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 6 minifigures.

Includes 6 minifigures: a chef, waitress, boxer, rock star, manager and a bodybuilder.
The 3-level Downtown Diner comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed facade with pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling and a large ‘DINER’ sign, external staircase, arched windows, drainpipe, balconies, decorative roofline, opening skylight and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and an ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a pink 1950s-style convertible.
Ground level features 1950s downtown American diner styling with a large curved front window, red barstools, benches, jukebox, candy machine, counter, 2 soda dispensers, and a kitchen with a coffee machine, stove and a cooker hood.
Mid-level features a gym with a boxing ring, punching bag, weight training room, water dispenser and a wall clock.
Upper level features a recording studio complete with vocal booth, soundproofed walls, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.
Take a ride in the stylish convertible and head for a diner where fast food and music are on the menu.
Help the chef prepare the fastest food in town while the roller-skating waitress lines up the orders.
Drop in at the gym for a couple of rounds in the boxing ring or a good workout on the punching bag.
Open the skylight and eavesdrop on the making of a hit album.
Accessory elements include roller skates, guitar, golden record award and a buildable barbell.
Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
This set includes over 2,480 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
New-for-January-2018 decorated elements include a decorated door, album cover, lots of teal-colored and pink-colored elements, and a dual-face minifigure with singing and smiling expressions.
Special elements include new-for-January-2018 flower stalks and flower heads, plus 1x3 ‘jumper’ plates, 2x2 plate with 2 studs and a minifigure torso with boxing gloves.
Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Buildings series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office, 10251 Brick Bank and 10255 Assembly Square.
Measures over 13” (34cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

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NEW 2018 LEGO BrickHeadz images released

November 18th, 2017

LEGO have released images of the DC Justice League, Star Wars and Ninjago BrickHeadz due for release in 2018.

Justice League:
41598 The Flash
41599 Wonder Woman
41600 Aquaman
41601 Cyborg

Star Wars:
41602 Rey
41603 Kylo Ren
41486 Captain Phasma
41485 Finn

Ninjago:
41487 Lloyd
41603 Master Wu

See all the images in the Full Story

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LEGO Ideas Launches New Contest

November 16th, 2017

In 2018 celebrates 10 years since the LEGO Ideas platform originally launched in Japan (called Cuusoo at the time).

To celebrate this LEGO Ideas have unveiled a new beta feature of the site – building contests.

They are kicking it off with a "Build Your LEGO Ideas Logo" contest! They are giving away the current LEGO Ideas assortment signed by the set designers to one lucky Grand Prize winner, and a "NASA Pack" featuring a signed Apollo 11 Saturn V and Women of NASA to the second and third place winners.

LEGO Ideas will use images of the winning entries as we celebrate this important milestone next year.

Full details are at the link below:

https://ideas.lego.com/challenges/24fd22ae-cf81-453e-b5d2-c7c6fd60f736/brief

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The LEGO® trademark recognised as a well-known trademark in China

November 7th, 2017

The LEGO® trademark recognised as a well-known trademark in China.
This is great news in moving towards fewer ripoff brands/sets in the future.

PRESS RELEASE
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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.

LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 announcement.

October 30th, 2017

LEGO announced the re-release of another classic set, the Taj Mahal.

The set is available from the 27th November and is now listed on the LEGO site with a RRP of AUD499.99

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10256 Taj Mahal

Ages 16+.  5,923 pieces.

AUD 499.99 US $369.99 - CA $449.99 - DE 329.99€ - UK £299.99 - DK 2699.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country.  Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Discover the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal!

Build and discover the Taj Mahal! The huge ivory-white marble mausoleum, renowned as one of the world’s architectural wonders, was commissioned in 1631 by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal. This relaunched 2008 LEGO® Creator Expert interpretation features the structure’s 4 facades with sweeping arches, balconies and arched windows. The central dome, subsidiary domed chambers and surrounding minarets are topped with decorative finials, and the raised platform is lined with recessed arches. The model is finished with ornate detailing throughout and intricate tilework around the base. With more than 5,900 pieces, this set is designed to deliver a rewarding building experience and makes a great display piece for the home or office.

• LEGO® interpretation of the real-world architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal.

• Relaunched 2008 model, featuring 4 facades with arches and arched windows; central dome, 4 subsidiary domed chambers and 4 minarets, all topped with decorative finials; raised platform lined with recessed arches; ornate detailing throughout; and intricate tilework around the base.

• Divides into 7 modular sections for easier transportation.

• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test with one of the largest LEGO models ever created!

• Special elements include 6 blue 16x32 baseplates, white 1x5x4 bricks with bow, lots of transparent elements, ‘Erling’ bricks and ‘jumper’ plates.

• Measures over 16” (43cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 20” (51cm) deep.

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
November 27, 2017

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