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When you think of Dubai, you may picture incredibly tall buildings, palm trees, desert and fancy cars. All of those are there, but Dubai also houses LEGO fans and the city’s first public LEGO fan event, called STACK, runs 19-22 October, 2016. Tickets for the event are available now!
There are lots of LEGO activities for children and lots of things to see. Bright Bricks have shipped a number of massive models over from the UK and built a few especially for this event, such as a LEGO souk (a traditional Middle-Eastern market) and a 4m tall LEGO model of the Burj Khalifa. You can see a video of their models here. There is also a special fan zone with models built by adult fans from Dubai, the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Portugal and the Netherlands. I am one of these lucky people.
If you’re in Dubai and a fan of LEGO (or you have children who are), be sure not to miss this. The event ends on Saturday and takes place in a purpose-built pavilion next to Dubai Skydive near the Dubai Marina. Tickets can be bought via ticketmaster.
It’s been 10 years since 10182 Cafe Corner released in 2006, and LEGO is celebrating in a big way by revealing the largest Modular Building yet, 10255 Assembly Square. LEGO has gone all-out with this set, fitting in two highly detailed buildings separated by an alley.
With 4,002 pieces, the three-story buildings are packed with detail, housing a bakery, florist’s shop, coffee shop, music store, dentist’s office, photo studio, dance studio, apartment, and a rooftop terrace. As fans of the line have come to expect, clever designs abound, with lots of great architectural details and unusual parts used in ingenious ways, including several brand-new pieces, such as 2×2 and 4×4 quarter circle tiles. See if you can spot Thor’s hammer or the Technic excavator buckets.
The set will retail for $279.99 USD, and will be available Jan. 1, 2017. (LEGO has told us that unlike many other large exclusive sets, there will not be VIP early access for this set.) Check out all the images and read the full press release below.
You can now visit Creations for Charity’s online store to purchase a custom creation to support donating LEGO sets to underprivileged children. The fundraiser runs until the end of November and anyone can donate a LEGO creation to the store. Learn more at creationsforcharity.org.
This morning, LEGO unveiled pictures and information for the upcoming LEGO Ideas set, 21306 Yellow Submarine, which should make every Beatles fan very very happy. This idea was announced as a future set in June this year.
The set will be available beginning November 1, and will cost USD $59.99 (EUR 59,99 / GBP 49.99) for 550 parts. The set includes 4 minifigures plus a little character.
The LEGO Ideas Blog has announced the next set in the Ideas line: The Old Fishing Store, by Robert Bontebal. The design was selected from a group of nine models who reached 10,000 supporters between January and May 2016. Pricing and availability are not yet available.
After we got our very first look at the DC Comics Super Hero Girls line thanks to three new sets being unveiled, we now have a further three sets thanks again to the official LEGO Twitter account. These new sets will be available in January 2017.
New York Comicon starts in a couple days, and LEGO has started teasing some of the great things to be revealed during the event. In anticipation of the LEGO Batman Movie (hitting theaters February 2017), LEGO has revealed three additional new sets on Facebook and Twitter for the movie: The Batcave, Batman vs Mr. Freeze, and Arkham Asylum below.
Creations for Charity is now accepting donations of custom LEGO creations for its 8th annual fundraiser. Any LEGO fan can contribute a custom LEGO creation to the online store opening from October 15th to November 30th. Sales will go towards buying LEGO sets for children in need across the world. To participate, simply submit a donation form and you will be notified when your creation sells and where to ship it. Learn more and see previous years’ donations at creationsforcharity.org.
Remember that giant record-breaking ferry built in Copenhagen, Denmark not so long ago? Now we finally got just the right bridge for that ferry to pass under! LEGO Certified Professional Duncan Titmarsh and the rest of his team at Bright Bricks have brought to life one of the most ambitious LEGO projects we have ever seen.
With almost 6 million bricks (5,805,846 pieces, to be precise) this bridge became the biggest LEGO sculpture ever built — 500,000 bricks bigger than the previous record, the life-sized LEGO X-wing revealed in New York’s Times Square as part of the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon promotion. This bridge is about 13 meters (more than 40 feet) high, and can easily fit two heavy Land Rovers on its deck.
The culmination of the building process, which took 5 months, was a spectacular opening show. It featured some of the most prominent British celebrities, including Bear Grylls (in the picture above), sailing Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie driving the new SUV under the bridge, and the British equestrian star Zara Phillips. Some of the most impressive shots are in the video below.
The Bright Bricks team has also posted a great little animated “making of” video to their YouTube channel.