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Philip Arambula October 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

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admin October 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Philip, I’m not a tech-person, but I can send the info about your plugin to my developer. It sounds interesting. At this point we are using MaxCDN to reduce stress on our server. I will send you a PM.

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Beardless Dwarf December 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hey Admin,
I don’t know if you need the help but I would like to volunteer as an editor for the site. Just to help edit posts that contributors send in. Again not sure how that works but if you need the help I’d be glad to. Just send me an email and let me know: beardless.dwarf7@gmail.com

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admin December 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Beardless Dwarf, I appreciate your offer. Contributors are responsible for their own editing. It is their job to send in quality materials if they want to become and remain contributors. I do have to do some very basic editing and formatting once an article is uploaded to the site to make sure it fits right, but that’s about it. Again, I appreciate your thoughtful offer. If you are good at writing and editing maybe you want to consider submitting your own article. ;)

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Wendeep January 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Hi,
Recently, the LOTR Helm’s Deep & Uruk-Hai lego sets were retired. Just wanted to find out approximately how much you would estimate them going for if I were to sell them? Would it be worth more now since they’re retired?

Thanks.

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admin January 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Wendeep, with retired sets it is a good idea to wait at least a year, because even the the set may be retired officially (not available at the Online LEGO Shop), many LEGO retailers (like Toys’R'Us, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) still have plenty in stock.

I have just taken a look at the prices on BrickLink for Helm’s Deep (an easy way to find out what a LEGO set or piece is currently worth as BL is the largest online LEGO marketplace – they have a 6-months price-guide for any set/part/minifig) and there are plenty of them available in the $140-$150 range. The set was originally $130, so $10-$20 is really not a profit worth going after. Here is the link: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?S=9474-1

I have also checked eBay (another place where you can see what the current going price is) and you can get them around $150-$160 with free shipping (shipping should be around $20 for this set). eBay has much highter seller-fees so items are usually listed for somewhat higher prices, so it ends up being about the same as on BL.

Personally I would wait until at least Christmas 2014 to sell the sets you have. If the price hasn’t doubled by then, I would wait another year. A good rule-of-tumb is two years from official retirement. Some people wait longer, but that comes with some risks; LEGO could re-release the set or a similar set, people could loose interest in the product, lots of resellers have been stocking the product so the price stays the same, etc. In situations like that you may consider parting out the set and selling all minifigs and parts individually.

In either situation, with LEGO you would always at least make your money back, and most likely at least double the original price (either as a set or parted out). LEGO is a very safe investment. ;)

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paul January 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Hi, I purchased your Oxford military lego and im missing quit a few parts. I got the military tank om3301 and the chopper.

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admin January 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Paul, I think you might be on the wrong website. We don’t sell any Oxford or LEGO. If you had any problems with wherever you placed your order you would need to contact the seller. Wishing you the best! :)

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mike February 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

hello i am mike
and i have 2 questions all the things that are standing on this site is that for buy
and can it be shipped or not

with friendly greetz
mike hageman

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admin February 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Mike, I’m not sure what you mean “by all the things standing on this site”. TBB is a blog for LEGO fans. We talk about a lot of things related to the LEGO hobby. We don’t sell anything. However our members and contributors regularly discuss new LEGO sets coming out as well as tools, books and other stuff that we find interesting and useful for the LEGO hobby. We usually provide links to these items so if somebody is interested to check them out they can.

To pay for website hosting and other maintenance related expenses TBB does have an affiliation with LEGO, Amazon, and a few other merchants. So if you follow a link from TBB to those sites and make a purchase for a new LEGO set or something, TBB gets a small commission (usually 3%-4%) per sale. So, if you like to hang out with us and plan to make a purchase on Amazon or LEGO’s website, please use our links in the right-hand sidebar. It helps us to keep the site running. (Actually, on Amazon you can buy anything and it helps, even if the item is not LEGO related, as long as you used our link to get to Amazon.)

I don’t know if this answered your questions at all, but I hope it clarified some things. ;)

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Max March 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Hello. I’ve been searching internet for my school project, for which I need to build a model of the Great Wall of China. I love LEGO and thought I could use it for my project. I found your web site and knew that what you’ve shown is exactly what I have in mind. Can you, please, give me any information possible to help me build it the way you did? Thank you very much, appreciate your help.

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admin March 15, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Max, that sounds like a fun project! I can’t remember writing an article about the Great Wall of China in LEGO form, but it is possible that I did and just forgot. Give me the link where you found it and I can help you from there. :)

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Max March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

http://cdn.thebrickblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/LEGO-Architecture-Great-Wall-of-China.jpg

This is a picture I found on your site, I want to build it like that. Please, help! :) Thank you!!!

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admin March 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Oh, that one! All right, that’s an easy enough build, and not very big either. So what is your question?

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Max March 19, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Just wanted to know if you can let me know which parts are needed to put it together and instructions, if possible. It has to be the size of a shoe box for my school project.
Thank you very much!

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admin March 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Max, if you are a LEGO fan, just looking at the picture should help you figure it out the details. You can find larger pictures and more angles of the project here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matijagrguric/sets/72157627395410708/

It is built on a 32×32 stud LEGO baseplate, which is a different shape and somewhat larger chan a shoe-box, so you would need to make some adjust ments there. Other than that it is a really simple built, just using light-gray, dark-gray, light-tan and dark-tan standard LEGO plates, bricks, a few tiles, slopes, doors and windows. And of course the trees and the landscaping. Depending on your budget, I would suggest to maybe not build up the edge around it as it means you will have to build a second layer on top of the first. All of the pieces are very common and readily available on BrickLink.

Baseplates: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=2
Plates: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=26
Bricks: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=5
Arches: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=6
Windows/Doors: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=113
Tree pieces: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=25

As your project will have to be more rectangular than square due to the shoe-box, you could even streighten out the curve of the wall, to make it more simple. The curve is the hardest feature of the wall to achive. If you regularly build with LEGO it is easy, but if you aren’t I would just make the wall straight.

Depending on the current size of your LEGO collection and what you need to get, this project should cost you around $100-$150. That’s a rough estimate, and there are many things you can substitute to cut down on cost, but this is just to give you an idea on what to expect. ;)

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admin March 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Just a couple of more things; make sure you create a Wanted List on BrickLink, instead of trying to by parts piece-by-piece or aimlessly searching BL stores. This way, once you are done with your list, you can easily see which seller carries all the parts you want/need, significantly cutting down on shipping cost. You should be able to get all the parts you need for this project from one or two sellers.

Also, it significantly cuts down cost if you first build your model virtually. This way you can figure out all the kinks and build your model exactly how you want without spending a penny. Once you are done and satisfied with your model, just print out a final parts-list, upload it to BL, and check who has all the parts. The LEGO virtual building software is called LEGO Digital Designer. It is extremely robust, but at the same time easy to use so even children can build with it. You can download it here for free: http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/

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Coz March 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

LEGO Doctor Who? read below:

As previously reported, in February Lego announced that it would begin accepting proposals for Doctor Who Lego sets. It took less than two weeks for one proposal to reach 10,000 supporters, which is the threshold for Lego’s review team to consider a project. (This is apparently the third-fastest that any Cuusoo proposal has reached the 10,000 supporter mark.) The proposed Doctor Who set will be considered alongside any other projects which reach 10,000 supporters by the early May deadline. Other proposals which have already reached the review stage in the current period include an Apple store, the flying train from Back to the Future Part III, and a Lego bird project. These will be considered alongside the Doctor Who project for potential production as an official Lego set.

This was the official comment from Lego:
Congratulations on 10,000 supporters, GlenBricker and Kaminoan!

2014.03.13

Congratulations, GlenBricker and Kaminoan on reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO CUUSOO!

You’ve presented a very nice TARDIS exterior and interior playset, and an assortment of characters from which to choose. We’re looking forward to considering this project in the LEGO Review, but for now excuse us while we go make an electroshock device … just in case this really IS a Nestene plot to take over the world via a toy factory!

We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

What happens now?
This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The LEGO Review Begins in May
This project qualifies for the Second 2014 Review beginning in May and ending in September. For more information about the LEGO review process, see this knowledge base article.

The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a “go/no go” decision to develop and sell a product based on the Doctor Who concept.

When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.

We will post follow-up information and our decision here.
The LEGO CUUSOO Team

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admin March 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I’m planning to write a post about this. Thanks for sharing. ;)

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Chris March 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I know Kaminoan!! Lucky him. I guess I’ll congratulate him.

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Michelle Turner April 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I have an original lego system space police item number 6852, im trying to find out how much it would sell for, its still in its box unopened.

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admin April 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Michelle, if the box is in pristine condition a collector may pay up to $100 for it. If you want to sell, I would suggest listing it on eBay with excellent pictures and stressing that the seals are still unbroken. The value for non-collectors is around $20, maybe $30.

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michelle turner April 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Thank you so much for your help as I have never done anything like this, you have been a great help, and I have found your website very useful. Once again thank you.

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Luis Hernandez April 6, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Can you still get boxes of bricks of the same type ?
Lego stores don’t have them.
Thank you.

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admin April 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Luis, do you mean exact same type? Like 100 2×2 yellow bricks? If you live near an official LEGO store the Pick-A-Brick Wall should have them, and if you don’t have a LEGO store near you, you can choose individual elements you need in whatever color and quantity you want at the Online Pick-A-Brick
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Dustin Butler April 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Hi ,

I help make a Lego stop motion movie about William Shatner traveling back to Elizabethan England in a giant robot to destroy William Shakespeare. Patrick Stewart beams in to the rescue and must team up with Action Bill to defeat the ShatnerBot.

Watch here on our Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/91244775

Our team at AMAA Productions created the story and we pooled our childhood Lego collections to build out the set pieces for the film.

We designed and customized the Shatner and Picard minifigs and animated nearly the entire thing using only Lego pieces at 15 frames per second.

4700 frames later, we began stitching it all together and adding laser beams, smoke, fire, explosions, and more to produce a short film that we’re really excited about.

AMAA Productions is a creative collective of four people who produce exceptional narrative films out of Austin, Texas. “Action Bill” is our first short film online, with our next film, “Synchronous”, in post-production and a third short film entering production in May.

Dustin

AMAA Productions
http://www.amaaprod.com

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admin April 7, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Dustin, great story, great animation and effects! Love the giant robot! Thanks for sharing! :)

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coz April 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM
admin April 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yeah, I saw that. I’m planning to put a post together about it so we can discuss. :)

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Benny April 19, 2014 at 3:49 AM

Dear brick blogger team,
I’d like the image of spaceship benny can print on a cell phone cover and wanted to ask if this is possible.
if so, then the printer would have a authorization letter.
can you send me that one?

regards Benny

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admin April 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Benny, we are not related to LEGO, so if you need an authorization you will need to contact the LEGO company. Great idea with putting Benny’s Spaceship on your cell-phone cover! :P

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Corey April 20, 2014 at 1:40 AM

There’s a kickstarter to support new 9v metal rails from ME Models. They are planning normal straight metal track, metal curves with a larger radius (R56 vs R40 which is LEGO’s radius) and plastic curves of 4 different larger radius. Here’s the kickstarter url:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/memodels/me-models-railway-system

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admin April 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Corey, thanks for letting us know! Very interesting project!

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