Monday, 31 December 2012
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Four sets had hit the 10,000 vote threshold. That meant four sets up for review. One has passed the review stage and will be made into an official LEGO set. There will be huge support for the set that was passed, but also huge disappointment for those that didn’t. Read on to see a video announcement for LEGO and analysis of the outcome.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
LEGO have officially released some new information about Ninjago. It’s kind of surprising but also makes complete sense! Read on to find out what LEGO have announced, and what this might mean (or might not mean) for the theme.
Friday, 14 December 2012
This year’s marketing strategy at LEGO brand stores is tapping into the nostalgia fans feel who remember rattling those wrapped presents in the hope they might hear the rattle of LEGO bricks. Each year LEGO improve their offering of Christmas products, and this year has once again seen a variety of items available. As the Advent countdown is past the halfway point, it seems a fine time to look at how the Christmas offering this year stacks up.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
With the library of LEGO books every increasing as the sales continue to impress, and bigger sections in bookshops given over to our favourite toy, it will not surprise readers that 2013 will see the onslaught of LEGO literature continue. A variety of listings have popped up around the web, largely on Amazon. Let’s check out what’s on the way…
Friday, 23 November 2012
LEGO never like to let a good, or successful, idea go to waste. Fans are often disappointed when a theme is only available for a year and then disappears, but at least there is the comforting knowledge that it will probably be back. Renamed, changed a bit, but back none the less.
Monday, 19 November 2012
As Christmas approaches, there are lots of special deals on LEGO. When running up a huge LEGO bill each year it’s important to make savings where possible to afford all of the awesome sets that are available. Unfortunately, here in the UK, many big high street names don’t value the customer enough to make buying those LEGO sets a very pleasant experience.
Monday, 12 November 2012
LEGO have created a rich back story to the Ninjago theme, which is explored in different media to create a full experience for young fans. Papercutz are releasing a series of Ninjago graphic novels aimed at children, and with Christmas approaching they might be a great gift to accompany that great big LEGO set. Read on for the All About Bricks review of LEGO Ninjago #1 and #2.
Monday, 5 November 2012
LEGO has had some great licensed themes that fans have enjoyed, and have always had some extremely imaginative home-grown themes. But sometimes, the lines seem a bit blurred. Sometimes, the influence of a certain film on an “original” theme is not very subtle. Not that this is a bad thing, as it’s given us some great LEGO adventures over the years! Read on to see which themes probably didn’t come from a completely blank drawing board…
Saturday, 27 October 2012
A year ago I picked out my favourite five Collectible Minifigures from Series 1-3. It’s been a while coming, but I have now selected what I consider to be the best of the bunch from Series 4-6. Just to be difficult though, I have decided to extend it to my ten favourites. Perhaps the quality has improved, perhaps I’m not being decisive enough, but get ready to disagree…
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
As of today, things have got decidedly spooky at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. 1,000 ghosts have invaded Miniland London as part of the Brick or Treat and Monster Fighters Fireworks Halloween events. To find out what other ghostly going ons there will be and see more of the ghosts haunting London, read on...
Friday, 5 October 2012
Since the staple line was re-branded LEGO City, fans will know that just a few years ago the title of this article would have been ridiculous. When the men folk of LEGO City were heading off for fun in their red peak caps, having changed out of their Police or Fire uniform, there were no wives to go home to or single women to take on a date. Thankfully, the Forest Police and Miners now share their world with members of the opposite sex.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
The LEGO Star Wars rumours for next year are continuing. Hoth Bricks have reported a list that confirms many of those first revealed here, plus a couple of new additions. Read on for my analysis of the LEGO Star Wars line-up for 2013…
Monday, 3 September 2012
Here in the UK, official LEGO brand stores are a rarity. Other countries enjoy multiple LEGO stores, however recently there were only three around out little island – including none in the North. This has all changed recently, with new stores opening in Manchester and Sheffield. I checked out the Grand Opening of the Sheffield store to share with All About Bricks readers what was going on.
Friday, 31 August 2012
The latest news out of LEGO, showing profit and sales increasing yet again, focused LEGO Friends as the runaway success story of the year. With all of the push that LEGO Friends received as the company seeks to tap into the girl market, who knows to what extent other lines exceeded expectations. But the news certainly seems to be mean that LEGO Friends has kicked off to a great start.
Friday, 17 August 2012
It’s the time of year when we listen to the whisperings in the force to see what Star Wars sets LEGO may be releasing next January. The following list is a rumour list, and we will have to wait until an official announcement to know exactly which sets on the list turn out to be accurate.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
LEGO acquired the rights to produce Disney sets to much fanfare in 2009. Since then there have been ranges based on variety of Disney characters. They have been met with a varied reaction from fans and varied success when it comes to sales. Read on for some thoughts on where LEGO has been with the Disney license so far, and where it might be going in the future.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Friday, 6 July 2012
Unless you’ve been living in a Batcave for the last year and a half, you will have noticed that the Ninjago theme has been a runaway success for LEGO. The sales of LEGO sets are only part of the story however, with the latest Ninjago graphic novel release seeing an unprecedented print run and Ninjago shorts hitting cinema screens. Read on for more info on the new release and a special Comic Con freebie...
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
The team at LEGOLAND Windsor have been in touch to let us know that next week they are planning to smash a Guinness World record to pieces. Once again a Tower Building Event will be taking place, aiming to build the world’s tallest LEGO tower – and you can get involved for free.
Friday, 22 June 2012
Recently LEGO released the news that a new exclusive set, Haunted House (10228), will round out the Monster Fighters range later this year. With the Monster Fighters range now officially available worldwide it seems a great time to look at this theme.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Guests are continuing to enjoy the newly opened LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel, and readers of this blog will know what an immersive experience it is. There are lots of neat little touches throughout the hotel that stop and make you say, “wow”. Even staff at the hotel were noticing great little details a week after it opened. To find out some of the fun additions to look out for, read on…
Friday, 8 June 2012
There are certain classic LEGO themes that have a special place in the hearts of us Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL). Pirates and Castle are two that many fans remember fondly, and build impressive creations that are often superior to the classic sets from ‘back in the day’. But another theme, that didn’t have the longevity of Castle or even Pirates, was LEGO Western.
Monday, 28 May 2012
To celebrate the opening of the new Star Wars Miniland at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, March 24th and 25th 2012 saw Star Wars Invasion come to the park. The UK Garrison sent the Empire’s finest troops to take over the park, with various Star Wars activities taking place over the weekend. I checked the event out to see what was going on and share some images...
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
This week free LEGO is available each day at selected stores when UK fans buy a copy of the Sun newspaper. The ethical bit I’m discussing here is nothing to with having to buy a newspaper under close scrutiny as part of a national inquiry, but the ethical question of whether we AFOLs should be wandering out with armfuls of LEGO and stores running out by mid-morning. The debate pops up throughout message boards anywhere that the Sun promotion is discussed, and there are good points on each side.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
For the first time, it's happening - the best-selling LEGO line, Minifigures, will be getting the licensed treatment. A range of nine Team GB Minifigures will be released exclusively in the UK to celebrate the Olympic Games being held in the country. Arriving at the eleventh hour on July 1st, fans are likely to be excited or frustrated depending if they live in the UK.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Monday, 30 April 2012
One of the latest LEGO CUUSOO concepts to reach the magical 10,000 votes threshold is ‘The Winchester – Shaun of the Dead’ project. LEGO have reviewed the model, however, and decided not to go forward and turn it into a product. With Shaun of the Dead co-writer and star Simon Pegg promoting the project on national TV, only for the project not to go ahead, is there really no such thing as bad publicity?
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Saturday, 14 April 2012
I have been wondering since the inception of the Collectible Minifigures when an exclusive, special edition or limited Collectible Minifigure would be released in-between regular series. We now have the answer, as Brickset are reporting that a special series of Olympic Team GB Minifigures will be released. There’s only one low-res image so far, and many fans are suspicious of whether it’s legit.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
As if all of that new Ninjago product appearing isn’t enough, already we have a question on how long the line is set to last. And that newly announced R2-D2 (10225)... does it mark the beginning of more sculptures? When’s the Car Park (4207) coming? If everyone is this impatient I suppose you’ve already clicked ‘read more’!
Monday, 12 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
It was announced last month in a press release from LEGO that they have a renewed licence from Lucasfilm, meaning that collectors can look forward to up to ten more years of LEGO Star Wars products. Is it time for a celebration, forest moon of Endor style? Or have you seen enough LEGO Snowspeeders to last a lifetime?
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then why not head to Manchester and visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Star Wars days. As well as the usual attractions, there are some special Star Wars additions for the weekend. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre have passed along details of exactly what fans visiting can expect on the day.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
After fans of the online game Minecraft managed to mobilise on LEGO CUUSOO in recent months and actually get an official set commissioned, LEGO community websites have been promoting a very awesome creation for fans to rally behind. So here I am doing my bit, read on to find out why you should absolutely get over to LEGO CUUSOO and vote for this wonderful Western Modular Town concept.
Saturday, 18 February 2012
The weekend coming – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February – will see the return of Star Wars Days to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in
. To find out what went on last
time, read on – and then get your tickets booked! Manchester, UK
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre held a Star Wars themed weekend on November 12th and 13th 2011. The event saw the busiest day in the Discovery Centre’s history, with many guests turning up in costume to meet characters from Star Wars. Read on for the full image-laden first hand report from Saturday 12th November…
Thursday, 9 February 2012
London Toy Fair came and went, and offered a few sneakily taken images of sets we haven’t seen yet. But it was only a little glimpse, and hard to get a decent idea of what’s coming up. But now the toy industry is gearing up for their annual bash in New York, so it’s time to start salivating at what might be officially revealed.
Friday, 3 February 2012
This year will see LEGOLAND Windsor Resort open the doors of an all-new themed hotel. It is due to open in March 2012 and will allow guests to the park to fully immerse themselves in the world of LEGO. Greeting guests will be a whopping 5,000 mini-figures now that the finishing touches are added…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Unfortunately I haven’t made it to Toy Fair in London this year, but thanks to the Internet and digital cameras we can still see a little of what is going on. What could LEGO be revealing on the walls of their stand? Read on for my reaction to some very cool images of the characters who will be popping in this year’s new Summer themes!
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The issue of printed bricks is one that ignites the passions of hardcore LEGO fans. Years ago, it was common for bricks with designs to be printed – such as clocks or Police logos – now it is more usual for stickers to be provided in sets than printed bricks. Recently, printed bricks in LEGO Games have led fans to ask why some themes get printed bricks and other themes do not.
Monday, 23 January 2012
There’s lots going on in 2012 at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester, UK. Not only will there be more special events, but also all-new attractions to keep the Discovery Centre fresh. Whether it's Star Wars, Ninjago, City or Friends that you prefer there's something for every LEGO fan. Read on to find out what’s in store between now and Easter…
Friday, 20 January 2012
The inconvenient British weather will be no match for the power of the force. Recent additions to LEGOLAND Windsor like Atlantis Submarine Voyage and Laser Raiders have wisely opted to be indoors, and the new Star Wars Miniland will follow this pattern. Read on to find out what exciting locations will be included…
Friday, 13 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
LEGO Friends is hitting shelves in shops around the world, as the company makes their big push into the girls’ market. But where should these sets be sat in the shop? In the LEGO aisle? Or with the other girls toys? LEGO think this question will make an impact on how successful the new line is.
Thursday, 5 January 2012
It’s official – the first LEGO Super Heroes tie-in video game will be released this Summer, entitled LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Exciting times! The press release is out of the bag, so let’s put it through the Bat-computer and see what comes out of it…