Sunday, June 30, 2013

Incredible Creator Build 10234 Sydney Opera House - Extreme Edition

Another non Technic set that I think qualifies because it is labeled 'Expert' and did I mention yet, it is HUGE!  It comes with 2989 pieces and is a much larger more complete version of the Sydney Opera House that was realized in the Architecture series under the number 21012.  This new version is truly a marvel to behold and is coming September 1 of 2013 for a modest 319.99.  I guess we will have to start saving now.  Check out the pics below and follow the link to the Lego page here for more details.

Some pieces that may be of interest are the rare 1x1x2/3 stud and 1x2x2/3 stud slopes in dark tan as well as a 48x48 stud baseplate in blue for the first time!  Curious note when you follow the link above:  One of the Tags for this product is 'Girls'.  I am now going to check all of the new sets and see if that is current tag....

What do you think about the new set?  We are already counting down on the Calendar for this and the other new Technic sets that are yet to make it to our area....

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lego puts the power in our hands with the possible 21050-1: Architecture Studio.

This looks to be a very interesting release, granted not a Lego Technic set, but bear with me folks.  You know that as soon as the new Technic sets are out, we will be talking about them here.  There is a lot of speculation of what this will be, but on the Brickset forum, there is a small image and a lot of speculation.  It appears to be for 16+ and have about 1210 pieces.  There is a thought that this could be like a parts pack or expansion pack or even something related to Education.  According to Barnes and Noble website, it is targeted at teen and adult architecture enthusiasts.  "Take your designing talents to new heights!"  Oddly enough, I am not providing a link because multiple locations are hosting such an event and it has different titles at a lot of them.  Same event, just different descriptions.  This also does not appear to be happening in every state.  Most are listing it on July 27th and describe it as a discussion, Q&A and building event.  Below is a video from the Architecture page referencing the LEGO World at Copenhagen from February 2013 in which some ideas of what this set might be about are shown.

I can't wait to see what Lego has in store for this set.  Might make for some highly educational play periods with the little ones.  Maybe if I get my kids started early I will have a couple of miniature Frank Lloyd Wright  designers in my house.  Wouldn't that be cool....

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bricklink has been SOLD! New management wants your ideas...

BrickLink is a name that any die-hard lover of Technic Lego knows and relies on.  It was via a community message that the current CEO of BrickLink, Eliska Jezkova, told us that she is stepping down and handing over the reigns to the new owner, Jung-Ju "Jay" Kim.  He is no slouch in the business world.  His family has been very successful in just about everything that they touch.  He is also the founder of Nexon, one of the world's largest online game companies. 

Since the original post this morning, there has been additional information provided.  Check it out here on BrickLink's website.  Based on thoughts from Jung-Ju Kim it looks like we may see some great changes coming sooner rather than later.  I just hope that it doesn't cost us more to enjoy this formerly family run business. 

He is wanting our help.  In his statement, he says: "In order to expedite the process of renovating, I and Bricklink Limited will be asking users to e-mail us with their ideas for the improved functionality of the site, as well as any current issues that need to be addressed in order to provide users with the best possible selling and buying experience.  We'll establish those lines of communication very soon."  This is exciting...I am creating my list now.  We will be sure to share that contact information as soon as we become aware of it as well.  

I am wondering if anyone else caught something.  I was reading the original post that Eliska Jeskova wrote and I could have sworn that it said 'Eliska Jezkova, CEO of'.  I kind of laughed to myself at the time and wondered why she signed it that way being that she was saying that she had handed over everything already.  When the page was updated with the Message from Jung-Ju "Jay" Kim, I saw that it was changed to 'former CEO'.  Now I could just be getting old and blind, but did I actually see that?

Thanks for reading and as always, I will try to keep my readers aware of the ever changing world of our Technic Lego and the like.