Some News Round-Up

If you have been making use of the RSS feeds on the right, you would have read these but just in case, here are a few notable ones:

The comments QnA in the London Toy Fair report is really long, so I did a summary of what caught my eye:

  • The new City marina sets float;
  • Jack Sparrow minifig is different in each POTC set;
  • 2 new Spongebob sets – “some sort of fairground rise and the other a vehicle” – EDIT: It’s 3816-Glove World and 3815-Heroic Heroes as listed on Brickset;
  • SW calendar features “mini models from the entire galaxy and 8 minifigs” – one minifig is a new one described as “one of the figs has not appeared in any of the films, books, cartoons and is unlikely ever to” and “all the figs have appeared before, but one of them is in new clothes, and it’s not a queen Amidala“;
  • 7879 Hoth Echo Base may be a TRU exclusive “no Hoth sets on display, and there isn’t one in the retailers’ catalogue either. Maybe it’ll be a TRU exclusive or something“;
  • The Darth Maul and Savage minifigs have new horn pieces on their heads – “a new soft plastic horn piece, a bit like a washer that goes over the stud, and ends up flush with it. It looked very effective“;
  • HP sets – some speculated minifigs based on Huw’s descriptions:
    • Battle for Hogwarts: “consists of a couple of towers and an entranceway” – Prof Sprouts in tan, HP, Snape, student (in new uniform, so can’t be Neville who is a Gryffindor – he is able to use the Gryffindor sword in the battle remember?)
    • Forbidden Forest: Hagrid, Narcissa (“two-colour hair: mostly brown with lighter brown or blonde highlights round the front edges, which I think is a first for a minifig“), HP, Voldemort (no centaurs!);
    • Knightbus: Purple, and with HP, Ernie & Stan.
  • UPDATE on 30 Jan: And no stickers on the new Cars sets. Yippee!

Source: Brickset, FBTB, The Brothers Brick and also the many commentors in Brickset.

Some MOCs I Like

Lakehouse Kidnap by  2 Much Caffeine

Asuka by tkh

Modularcomp by  bermudafreze

Athens, 6th century BC by 74louloute

The Little Match Girl by Scrat_

Failvent Calendar #11: The Bouquet by nolnet

Taz by Mrs Monster

Andy’s Room by Pepa Quin

Episode 6 by goelkim (that’s 1061 minifigs)

Reference Books for Licensed Themes – Part 1

Not being a big movie/cartoon buff, I substitute my knowledge gap in licensed themes by referring to reference books.  Sure, you don’t need to read those books to play with bricks, but sometimes I just like to check how accurately the set/location has been reproduced in LEGO form.  😛

Here’s a list of books I know.  If there are other great reference books for licensed themes do drop me a note ya?   By the way this is Part 1 cos I’m expecting a Part 2 for Star Wars reference books (and it’s a really long list!).

Links to for convenience. 

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756616409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756616403
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    Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide by James Luceno (Hardcover – May 5, 2008)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756635004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756635008
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    Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley (Hardcover – Oct 19, 2010)

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0061997811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997815
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    Toy Story 3 The Essential Guide (Dk Essential Guides) by DEK Publishing (Hardcover – May 1, 2010)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756663164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756663162
  • .

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0756627052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756627058
  • Tokyo Toy Show: Lego, Nanoblocks & Clone bricks

    Lego-Kei has some great pics of the Tokyo Toy Show (15 to 18 July 2010).  Some of the ones I find interesting are here, but more can be found on the site.

    Oh, can’t wait for the Harry Potter sets to be released!

    Harry Potter

    Lego Booth


    Clone bricks (WanGe Plastic Toys) <– I wonder how’s the quality?

    Bricksworld Toy Story Promo: 30070

    I just got my 30070 Alien Space Ship from Bricksworld.  Get one with $30 spent on Toy Story.  Promo till 30 June.

    News of the day…

    Apart from the flash flood in Orchard Road (which is really major news, I mean, Hermes store under water? I can only imagine the number of Hermes bags and scarves that ‘died’ in the flood!)…

    I finally completed my Lego Toy story collection! Got the 7598 Pizza Planet Truck Rescue from Metro at 20% off (did not see any more 7598 at Paragon when I picked up my sets). 

    Think Metro still has the best offer for City and Toy Story sets for now, but Robinsons marginally edges Metro out with the $5 voucher for every $50 spent for those sets that they do have on 20% off.

    Metro offer ends 27 June and Robinsons on 25 June, so hurry down and have fun shopping!

    Just crossed my mind as well… I’ve noted for some time that the 7747 Wind Turbine Transport is much cheaper in Singapore than in US/UK (based on Brickset prices) as it has been on offer since Dec 2009 at $69.90 in most stores (some slightly cheaper).  So that is perhaps one set that visiting AFOLs can consider getting if they are in Singapore.

    Green army men truck & ambulance

    Love the green army men truck and ambulance by  Mr palmtree.  Looks better than the official Toy Story set in my opinion.

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