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Encuesta sobre packaging - Packaging poll

Dear LEGO user,

We are a team of packaging designers belonging to the LEGO product development department. Our key mission is to design packaging that supports a strong LEGO product experience. We are conducting this survey among RLUGs/RLFMs since we know that you have a great deal of experience with our products and packaging! To achieve our mission it is important for us to get an understanding of how you perceive the LEGO packaging experience. Please help us by participating in a survey: http://lego.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/yma/afol-packaging-survey/

Please complete the survey before March 6, 2017.

Thank you in advance for your feedback – it is highly appreciated!

Kind regards,
The LEGO Packaging Experience Design Team

42063 - B-Model

LEGO has published a press release to announce the B-Model for the 42063 - BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

This licensed model is part of the 1H2017 line-up which includes a total of 10 models. What's special about the B-Model is that it is not only quite different from the main model, but has been designed together with the BMW motorcycle team. In addition, it is the first time a Technic B-Model has had its own press release.

Below is the official press release and a few imigas of this exciting model:

Munich, February 16th 2017 – BMW Motorrad partnered with LEGO® Technic to transform one of the best motorcycles in the world into a LEGO model. The BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure model celebrates innovative design and engineering. A pure building adventure in 603 pieces. The alternative model as part of the typical LEGO Technic 2-in-1 building set is now taking this icon one step further – into the future.
 
 
In a very creative and inspirational atmosphere design teams from BMW Motorrad  and   LEGO   Technic   joined   forces   and   jointly developed the
LEGO Technic Hover Ride complete with innovative functions and the signatory GS flyline allowing all fans to rebuild the BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS Adventure into a unique design concept model that removes all limits to motorcycles and allows imagination to fly without vesting technical plausibility.
 
“What would happen if we designed a bike together? What would happen if we removed all limits for the alternative model? So we set the BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic design teams a challenge, a challenge that has resulted in this amazing bike. Collaboration between our two teams was driven by passion and respect for the DNA of each other’s brands. It was fantastic to see how engaged and inspired each team was by working together, but I don’t think either of us ever imagined that this project would turn out as it did. I guess it just proves that you can create anything with LEGO Technic. Even the future”, says Andy Woodman – Senior Design Manager for LEGO Technic.
 
 
“It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set. Our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
 
 
The life-size model of this design concept Hover Ride will be presented today during the LEGO World event in Copenhagen and will travel afterwards to different locations in Denmark and the “BMW Welt” in Munich.
 
The model will retail for €49,99

New Disney LEGO® BrickHeadz

US $9.99 - CA $12.99 - DE 9.99€ - UK £9.99 - DK 100.00 DKK

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

 

New for 2017, LEGO® BrickHeadz sets feature fun and stylized versions of iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics, reimagined in colorful brick form using LEGO System bricks with distinct details for a humorous twist. Each figure also comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate with LEGO BrickHeadz icon and series number. LEGO BrickHeadz sets brings you a brand new way to collect, build and display.

·         Each LEGO® BrickHeadz figure comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.

·         Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics

·         Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz figures to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.

·         Each figure stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.

·         Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square and under 1” (1cm) high.

 

41595 Belle

This beautiful BrickHeadz set featuring Belle is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of her iconic details from the classic Disney animation Beauty and the Beast, including buildable flowing hair with a ribbon and earrings and a buildable rose in hand.

 

41596 Beast

This BrickHeadz set featuring Beast is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including decorated waistcoat outfit and buildable mane and horns, as seen in the classic Disney animation Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
March 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center                          1-800-453-4652

CA (English) Contact Center          1-800-453-4652

CA (French) Contact Center          1-877-518-5346

    European Contact Center                00-800-5346-1111

New LEGO® BrickHeadz announcement

US $9.99 - CA $12.99 - DE 9.99€ - UK £9.99 - DK 100.00 DKK

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

 

New for 2017, LEGO® BrickHeadz sets feature fun and stylized versions of iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics, reimagined in colorful brick form using LEGO System bricks with distinct details for a humorous twist. Each figure also comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate with LEGO BrickHeadz icon and series number. LEGO BrickHeadz sets brings you a brand new way to collect, build and display.

·         Each LEGO® BrickHeadz figure comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.

·         Have fun growing your LEGO® BrickHeadz collection with other classic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics

·         Mash up your LEGO® BrickHeadz figures to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters.

·         Each figure stands over 2” (7cm) tall without baseplate.

·         Baseplate measures over 1” (4cm) square and under 1” (1cm) high.

 

41585 Batman™

Buildable Batman™ LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features colorful and authentic detailing, including his Batsuit with icon and utility belt decoration, glow-in-the-dark BrickHeadz eyes and a Batarang.

 

41586 Batgirl™

Build Batgirl™ in the new LEGO® BrickHeadz set, with Batgirl icon, uniquely decorated eyes, yellow Batarang, plus a display baseplate.

 

41587 Robin™

Buildable Robin™ LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features colorful and authentic detailing, BrickHeadz eyes and iconic outfit with icon, plus a display baseplate.

 

41588 The Joker™

Build The Joker™ in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set and laugh in the face of danger with his buildable green hair, white face and outfit from THE LEGO BATMAN™ MOVIE, plus a display baseplate.

 

41589 Captain America

Build Captain America in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set with iconic outfit and headgear, detachable shield, BrickHeadz eyes and a display baseplate.

 

 

41590 Iron Man

Build Iron Man in this LEGO® BrickHeadz set, featuring his iconic red and yellow suit of armor, BrickHeadz eyes and a display baseplate.

 

41591 Black Widow

Buildable Black Widow LEGO® BrickHeadz figure features authentic detailing, BrickHeadz eyes, buildable hair and two detachable batons, plus a display baseplate.

 

41592 The Hulk

This larger-than-life Hulk BrickHeadz figure is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including buildable fists and hair, plus decorated muscles and a buildable baseplate.

 

 

 

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
March 1, 2017 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center                          1-800-453-4652

CA (English) Contact Center          1-800-453-4652

CA (French) Contact Center          1-877-518-5346

        European Contact Center               00-800-5346-1111      

LDraw All-In-One-Installer 2016-01

Want to start creating digital models of your MOCs and want a simple solution to install e erything you need in one go? Use the LDraw All-In-One-Installer and you'll be done in no time. The latest version is now available and includes the following updates:



The AIOI supports Windows XP (Home and Pro), Windows Vista or higher (all versions). On 64-Bit Operating Systems it will install in the "Program files (x86)" folder. The Installer will NOT run on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT Ver 4, 2000, or XP below SP2.



It contains the following changes:



* Update to Parts Library 2016-01 (published 31.12.2016)

* Update to MLCad.ini 2016-01

* Update to LDView 4.2

* Update to LPub3D 2.0.19.877.2

* Update to LeoCAD 0.83.2 - 9306

* Update to LDCad 1.6 beta 1a

* Update to Offline Parts Catalog 2016-01

* Addition of LICreator 3.0



You can download the AIOI from:



Home > Help > Get Started > LDraw All-In-One-Installer



Many thanks to all the programmers who contributed to this release.



Willy Tschager

(LDraw.org Content Manager)

REVIEW 70905 THE BATMOBILE

In mid-February, is "The Batman Lego® Movie" premiere, a highly anticipated movie by all who have enjoyed "The Lego® Movie" and also enjoys the Batman character, and, as expected, the new movie also has its own Batmobile.

It is a Batmobile different from what is known until now, is a mixture of an aggressive vehicle like the Tumbler one (set 7888), but stylized as the style of the best-known Batmobile.

LDraw.org 2016-01 Parts Update

The LDraw Team has announced the latest parts update for the LDraw Library of Parts. Below you can find the complete announcement which includes links for downloading:
 
 
The 2016-01 LDraw Parts Update has been now been released. This adds 572 new files to the core library, including 475 new parts and 43 new primitives. This update also includes updated versions of the colour configuration files (LDConfig.ldr and LDCfgalt.ldr) thanks to enthusiasm of Sven v. Beuningen and the co-ordination of Willy Tschager and Magnus Forsberg.

Thanks are of course due to all the part authors who created or corrected parts for this release, including several first-time authors. The reviewers also play an important role in keeping files moving through the parts tracker and deserve just as much credit. 

You can preview the new parts in 2016-01 here, download the zip-file update or Windows install package here. Alternatively you can use the LDView menu option File | Check for Library Updates... to install the update.

Please accept our apology for this being the only parts update of 2016. 


 
The LDraw Team
 
 

Review LEGO Ideas 21308 Adventure Time

This time LEGOⓇ brings us the characters of the CARTOON NETWORK™ series Adventure Time.

This project, which was originally designed by the LEGO Ideas member Ludovic Piraud, also known in the AFOL community as aBetterMonkey, got 10,000 followers and was later selected to become the next official LEGO Ideas set - LEGO Ideas 21308 Adventure Time.

Review LEGO 70901 The Batman Movie Mr. Freeze Ice Attack

LEGO will release the new LEGO Batman movie next February. For this reason LEGO has launched a new line inspired by the film. It is really curious to be able to build a set based on a film that has not yet been released and that you can only get an idea about from the trailers.

We will review the set 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack that places us in a Gotham City Energy Facility under the attack of Mr. Freeze and in which the dark knight appears to save the guard and to stop the plans of Mr. Freeze.

Review: 70900 - 70902 - 70910 - Build something BATMAN

Build Something BATMAN

Under this motto, LEGO will launch on January the new sets related to the upcoming LEGO BATMAN movie.

We have received from LEGO the first batch of sets to have a look on them. And I found the same problem I had 3 years ago, when the LEGO Movie sets were released. I can't establish relationships between the set and the movie. That's why this overview of the smaller sets will be incomplete.

Due that it is a license, the boxes have ACABADO BRILLANTE. This fact makes that the box itself is more attractive. Unfortunately it is not possible to open and fold the small boxes, as you can do with the bigger ones, and with some seasonal sets. It will be a small nightmare for collectors, as they put value on keeping the boxes together with the set.

The LEGO® Batman Movie: review 70912 Arkham Asylum

With the release of the new LEGO® Batman film, the LEGO group launches new sets based on the DC characters.

On this occasion, we bring you the review of set 70912 Arkham Asylum.

Prior to this edition, LEGO already released two sets related to Arkham Asylum: set 7785 (2006) consisting of 838 pieces and 7 minifigs, and set 10937 (2012) with 1584 pieces and 8 minifigs.

The new set 70912 consists of 1628 pieces and 12 minifigs. When opening the box we find bags numbered 1 to 8, an instruction booklet and a sheet of stickers.

The set consists of a central building, two wings that go out on each side of the main building, a watchtower and a police car.

 

 

Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO® Bricks

Designed to Inspire Tomorrow’s Racing Drivers, Engineers and Designers – Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO® Bricks

  • Ford race cars that won 1966 and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours will be available as part of the exclusive LEGO® Speed Champions range of models   
  • New kit brings to life iconic Ford GT40 and today’s Ford GT race car. Minifigures, chequered flag and trophy will help to bring famous victories to life again and again
  • Designing the exclusive kit was a “dream project” for LEGO design lead Craig Callum, a former car designer who races Fords in his spare time

 

New issue available: HBM026

Issue 026 of HispaBrick Magazine® — the free magazine made by and for fans of LEGO® constructions — is now available.

In this issue you will find a lot of the information we obtained from several LEGO departments thanks to the LEGO Fan Media Days, interviews to brick artists Sean Kenney and Chris McVeigh, author of The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book.

In our TopMoc section we have a look at Steampunk constructions. You will also learn about the Polish RLUG Zbudujmy.to and we have a couple of articles on our presence at events like the Paredes de Coura Fan Weekend.

Of course we have our usual tutorials on WeDo and MILS and we analyse some of the latest LEGO sets like the Caterham Seven 620R, the Yellow Submarine and the Winter Holiday Train.

The HispaBrick Magazine team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a merry holiday season and we hope you enjoy this issue

DOWNLOAD HBM026

Link to download past issues of the magazine: past issues

Humble LEGO Bundle Extras

There's still a little over 2 days on the clock for the current Humble Bundle — the perfect opportunity to get a great selection of No Starch Press LEGO books for vitually no money and help a charity in the process.

 

Review: The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, 2nd Edition

The LEGO book publishing business is flourishing. Hardly a month goes by without a couple of new titles being released. There are titles for every type of fan: from step-by-step instructions for just about anything you can imagine to collections of MOCs, from mini scale to LEGO MINDSTORMS.
 
 
In the segment of books dedicated to LEGO Technic there are two household names: Yoshihito Isogawa and Sariel. Both of them have not only written go-to manuals for this theme, but are also respected builders and part of the international AFOL community. Of course, HispaBrick Magazine has reviewed their respective titles. Back in 2013, we published our review of the first edition of The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide and the conclusion at the end of the review stated that this was “Probably the best Technic book for any builder, independent of their level. A must have for your collection.”
 
 
If you are a Technic builder (or would like to become one), read no further – go get your copy of this book and start studying it! If you already have the first edition of this book, let me give you a couple of good reasons why you should consider getting the second edition.
 
 
The second edition of this “bible for the Technic builder” contains 70 pages of extra material. There are several reasons for this increased page count. For starters, the second edition contains four completely new chapters. “Part I: basics” now has a chapter dedicated to wheels, which in a sense is an expansion of the already existing wheels chart on Sariel’s website.[1] It explains reasons for choosing one wheel over another and even ventures into non-LEGO alternatives..
 
 
“Part III: motors” has a new chapter about the LEGO RC system. The chapter not only explains how the system works, but also how it compares to Power Functions. Although the system was only used in a few LEGO Technic sets and was discontinued over 10 years ago, the addition of this chapter really completes this section of the book.
 
 
The final two additions are chapters 21: planetary gearing and 22: 3D printing custom pieces in part IV: advanced mechanics. Also in this case, the additional information really rounds off what is available and possible in LEGO Technic at this time.
 
 
These four chapters combined only make up 28 pages, meaning there are an additional 42 pages of new material to be found in the book. There are updates and additions to 13 of the original 21 chapters. A lot of the text has been revised and rewritten to make it clearer, adding tons of information.
 
 
A case in point is chapter 6: gears and power transmission basics, which virtually all the illustrations have been updated to make them clearer. It now also contains a table with gear ratios for quick reference. Throughout the book new LEGO elements have been included in the descriptions and explanations and there are additional step-by-step instructions for a number of mechanisms, like a small and a large virtual pivot steering system.
 
 
If you are a Technic fan or build with LEGO Technic elements (e.g. for use in MINDSTORMS), The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide, 2nd edition should be at the top of your shortlist of must-have titles.
 
 
[1] http://wheels.sariel.pl/