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  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 3,456
    I'm sorry for your loss @Speedman29 - you have my condolences. I hope things get better for you and your family towards the end of 2022 and beyond.
    Speedman29Mr_Cross
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,176
    I have a friend who will be traveling to the UK to visit family in Leicester. He's willing to swing by the LEGO store for me and grab any exclusives. The thing is, I'm not sure what exclusives may exist any more. 

    For anyone in the area or who has recently been, do they still have Lester polybags? Anything else I should be aware of?
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,249
    edited November 2022
    @Switchfoot55
    There was the Royal Guard polybag too... but that might have only been at the Hamley's department store. They also have the minifigure factory at Leicester. Otherwise, I would imagine there would be some gear-type items, magnets or keychains, etc.
    Switchfoot55
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 456
    There are the magazines with foil packs and it annuals time depending on what you’re interested in.
    Switchfoot55
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,457
    @Switchfoot55 you do realise that Leicester (the city) is a completely different place to Leicester Square where the Lego store is.
    Leicester is in Leicestershire in the Midlands of England. Leicester Square is in London - approximately 100 miles away.
    gratefulnatSwitchfoot55andhe
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,457
    @Switchfoot55 although Leicester (the city) is about 40 miles from Birmingham which has a Lego Store but I don't know if it has anything exclusive there.
    gratefulnatSwitchfoot55andhe
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Yellowstone, 1883Member Posts: 3,176
    bookmum said:
    @Switchfoot55 you do realise that Leicester (the city) is a completely different place to Leicester Square where the Lego store is.
    Leicester is in Leicestershire in the Midlands of England. Leicester Square is in London - approximately 100 miles away.
    ...I did not know...

    BUT, now I do! Thanks @bookmum for the clarification. My friend seemed to be totally up for it when I asked about visiting Leicester Square. So perhaps he was headed that way anyway?
    bookmumlowleadandheKungFuKenny
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,457
    @Switchfoot55 hopefully I have saved your friend from wandering around Leicester city centre looking lost and confused. 
    CymbelinelowleadpxchrisSwitchfoot55andheKungFuKennyFizyx
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,138
    My LEGO status: Going to miss this forum next year. Trying to work on the gift exchange thing, because if this is the last one, I want to make it memorable for someone.
    CymbelinelowleadBrickfan50pxchris
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,457
    I saw the new Lego 'holiday season' advert yesterday. I don't know how many of you have seen it yet. I can't figure out how to do links on here.
    Anyway it has Katy Perry in it. She wears this dress.....
    PDelahantyOldTownBrickspxchrisThe_RancorMarshallmarioFizyx
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 945
    Lo1sJess said:
    There are the magazines with foil packs and it annuals time depending on what you’re interested in.
    Most magazines now have paper packaging rather than foil! Well at least the last 2 I bought did (Ninjago and Marvel)
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    Do the UK stores have the Lego House exclusives or are those online only in the UK? Because it seems like the US is never going to get those.
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 464
    I would like to give some suggestions to @Huw how to increase the visibility of the forum and attract more people to it. And therefore more income because people may click on the affiliate links.

    At the moment there is only the button in the main menu "Forum". It would be nice if all kinds of articles or reviews on the homepage would contain a link to the forum.

    News articles: there is now a link 'Continue reading'. The discussion immediately begins below that. Suggestion: you could also add an extra link under 'Continue reading', for example 'Discuss this topic on our Forum' followed by a link to the thread.

    Same with a review. When CapnRex101 discusses a new Star Wars set, a link can be made at the end of it to the general Star Wars forum.

    Another suggestion: be transparent about the affiliate links: explain why they are so important for the survival of the forum. Also explain how it works and how much income (not too specific, maybe you could mention 'a few percent') is generated from it. This is something no one will find strange. Don't be ashamed! We are Lego friends and for our hobby we need Brickset!

    To everyone: do you have any other ideas that could help Huw?
    gratefulnatMarshallmarioCasper_vd_KorfYo_dAKingAlanIFizyx
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 2,492
    autolycus said:
    Do the UK stores have the Lego House exclusives or are those online only in the UK? Because it seems like the US is never going to get those.
    It’s more specific than that. Only the Dinosaurs set was available online in the UK from memory. The Wooden Duck was available temporarily when the Leicester Square store reopened as the biggest in the world, but it was in-store only and didn’t last very long at all.
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 456
    Assume there is no way to buy on-line directly from Lego House?
    Modeltrainman
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,646
    I read a video game reviews site that is funded by affiliate links, and every week they make a post with all the discounts they found and remember people they make money when you buy through their links, they also say it works whatever you buy. They try to make it humorous too, they always start by giving links to totally random amazon stuff, often loosely linked to a current hot topic.
    andheFizyx
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,659
    So sorry for your family's losses @Speedman29, rough times. Lost both my Dad and FiL long time ago, still miss them. Thoughts are with you.
    Speedman29
  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,326
    Looking through the Christmas 2 2022 paper catalog
    #41714 Andrea's Theater School is interesting as a stage play is subject matter that hasn't done much before
    some nice sets in common subject matter but not much that really catches my eye
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 464
    edited November 2022
    I would like to give some suggestions to @Huw how to increase the visibility of the forum and attract more people to it. And therefore more income because people may click on the affiliate links.

    At the moment there is only the button in the main menu "Forum". It would be nice if all kinds of articles or reviews on the homepage would contain a link to the forum.

    News articles: there is now a link 'Continue reading'. The discussion immediately begins below that. Suggestion: you could also add an extra link under 'Continue reading', for example 'Discuss this topic on our Forum' followed by a link to the thread.

    Same with a review. When CapnRex101 discusses a new Star Wars set, a link can be made at the end of it to the general Star Wars forum.

    Another suggestion: be transparent about the affiliate links: explain why they are so important for the survival of the forum. Also explain how it works and how much income (not too specific, maybe you could mention 'a few percent') is generated from it. This is something no one will find strange. Don't be ashamed! We are Lego friends and for our hobby we need Brickset!

    To everyone: do you have any other ideas that could help Huw?

    @CapnRex101 : please move the message above to the forum where it belongs (my fault):
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/107043/discussion-forum-closure-in-2023
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,249
    Well... This should make the duck slightly less expensive on the aftermarket... But I really just want to be able to buy one directly for myself!

    https://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-revealed-first-3d-printed-element-wooden-duck-available-only-at-lego-house/
    ModeltrainmanFizyx
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 1,138

    WesterBricks560HeliportSwitchfoot55iwybsPJ76uk
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,249
    It really hurt to see the guy's answer of "What are LEGOS".
    It hurt even more than two out of the three contestants had no clue at all.
    WesterBricks560HeliportCymbelineOnebricktoomanyKeilupMarshallmarioFizyx
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,578
    edited November 2022
    What was the category? If it didn't indicate that the "answer" would be about toys, I really can't blame non-AFOLs for not realizing that "Automatic Binding Bricks" meant LEGO. 

    Also, that "answer" is a little misleading. It implies that the bricks were originally made of wood. Not true; LEGO started with wood toys, then started making plastic toys, then started making the building blocks we know as LEGO. 

    As far as the supposedly wrong plural "LEGOs": that is the common usage in the US, therefore it is correct here. There are many words in the English language whose meaning or use have changed over time.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,249
    What was the category?
    It was the final Jeopardy clue in last night's Celebrity Jeopardy episode.
    560HeliportOnebricktoomany
  • Brickfan50Brickfan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 464
    edited November 2022
    The plural of LEGO is LEGO. This is mainly a thing concerning Americans where nouns in popular language seem (or can be) to be interchanged with adjectives. Still, the official plural remains LEGO. It's also the official TLG point of view.
    I guess that 97% of the LEGO lovers on this site know this.
    So it's not a a surprise that when it happens that someone uses the word LEGOS there will be people protesting against it.
    Whether it's LEGO or LEGOS: anyone who loves playing with LEGO bricks should be considered as a fan and thus a valuable member of the community!


    560HeliportWesterBricksOnebricktoomany
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 675
    ^^ Over time, I have learned to back away slowly from this topic!  =oD
    Lo1sJess560HeliportpxchrisMaffyDMarshallmarioandhe
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 751
    edited November 2022
    All of the comments about whether "Legos" is an acceptable usage, and I'm over here looking at the Jeopardy question that clearly states "this company" which would unequivocally be "Lego".
    Switchfoot55Russell844560HeliportsipussCasper_vd_Korf
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,367
    pxchris said:
    What was the category?
    It was the final Jeopardy clue in last night's Celebrity Jeopardy episode.
    The topic was "Brands".
    560HeliportWesterBricksMarshallmario
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 1,391
    All of the comments about whether "Legos" is an acceptable usage, and I'm over here looking at the Jeopardy question that clearly states "this company" which would unequivocally be "Lego".
    If we're being pedantic -- and we are if we're discussing whether "Legos" is acceptable -- the answer is unequivocally Lego A/S or The Lego Group. :P I don't think Jeopardy is usually especially pedantic when accepting answers, for the better of the show!
    andheWesterBricks
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,457
    @chrisalddin oh dear.
    You know you should only do that if someone happens to be filming you with their phone. Thems the rules.
    WesterBricksBumblepants560HeliportLo1sJessvizzitoriwybsandhe
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,040
    edited November 2022
    bookmum said:
    @chrisalddin oh dear.
    You know you should only do that if someone happens to be filming you with their phone. Thems the rules.
    i am quite happy there is no recording of it.
    i will admit that i had quite a bit of a brackdown/hissy fit as/after it happend.
    being reminded of that on a recording.. no thank you.

    WesterBricks560HeliportbookmumSwitchfoot55vizzitoriwybsFizyx
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 473
    Looking on the bright side, just imagine that had been a £600+ solid plastic model of the Star Destroyer shattering into as many bits without hope of easily rebuilding it. At least Lego models shatter into Lego parts that can be reconnected back exactly as they were. It might take hours but the result will be identical and there's no messing about with glue.
    Switchfoot55chrisalddinWesterBricksLo1sJessiwybs
  • PJ76ukPJ76uk EnglandMember Posts: 945
    Or use the parts to build something else, another class of Star destroyer for example! Think rebrickable has an alt build...
    Lo1sJessvizzitorSwitchfoot55
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,571
    @chrisalddin Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you get everything rebuilt quickly. :-(

    I'll just leave this pic here. The aftermath of a shelf above my display collapsing a few years ago. It took weeks to rebuild everything but, thankfully, I only had to replace a couple of damaged bricks.


    WesterBrickspxchrisSwitchfoot55CymbelineSpeedman29RedbullgivesuwindFizyx
  • Lo1sJessLo1sJess Alexandria, VirginiaMember Posts: 456
    @JudgeChuck that is painful to look at😱 
    pxchrisSwitchfoot55Cymbeline
  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,040
    edited November 2022
    @JudgeChuck
    thank you for the kind words.
    i finish rebuilding it today. about 7 hours to rebuild it all.
    had to sub in some part i cound not find. but it is hole again. even if the clutch power of a number of parts is not as good as it was on the 1st build.
    that and the 2 plates thick shell was a real pain to keep its build. parts keep come part.
    i my self i feel 3 plates thick is needed for a true stable build.
    WesterBricksThe_Rancor
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,571
    Lo1sJess said:
    @JudgeChuck that is painful to look at😱 
    Hehe, it was painful to hear as well! It was about 11pm and the other half & I were downstairs watching TV, when there was a huge crash from upstairs. At first, I couldn't think what it was, but things became apparent rather quickly.
    Thankfully, the shelf that you can see in the picture took the brunt of the weight of the shelf above and protected the line of modulars from too much damage. Many other sets were trashed, as you can see.
    At least it did spur me on to replace all of the shelving!


    WesterBrickschrisalddinSwitchfoot55CymbelineFizyx
  • BastyBasty LondonMember Posts: 486
    Got an email from Unbound asking to confirm my address for the shipping of “The secret life of Lego bricks” book that I backed back in 2020. Hopefully the 2 year wait will be worth it whenever it arrive. I imagine most people who backed it forgot about it.
    WesterBricksandheFizyx
  • rockethead26rockethead26 Northern ArizonaMember Posts: 92
    Basty said:
    Got an email from Unbound asking to confirm my address for the shipping of “The secret life of Lego bricks” book that I backed back in 2020. Hopefully the 2 year wait will be worth it whenever it arrive. I imagine most people who backed it forgot about it.
    Me too. Looking forward to it. 
    Fizyx
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,367
    Me three. I'm a sucker for LEGO history so I'm really looking forward to this book.
    Switchfoot55Fizyx
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,197
    I'm sure LEGO would be delighted if people thought their product was made of wood.
    560Heliport
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,249
    I went with the digital edition of the book... but I think I'm regretting that some now since they're still stating the digital version will only be in black and white. But, that said, I am still looking forward to it.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind CheshireMember Posts: 2,101
    Went to Liverpool for some Christmas gift buying and some Neoplitian pizza. Ended up picking up the DB5 and the Jurassic Park T. rex break out. So it was more gift buying for me in the end. 
    BumblepantsWesterBricks560HeliportLo1sJess
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,578
    Tuesday about 6 p.m., I ordered #80037 and #80038. UPS just delivered the package- about 42 hours later! :)
    I got the Fun and Funky VIP add-on (my fourth!) and the fleece blanket. My cat will love the blanket.
    Switchfoot55Yo_dAMarshallmarioRedbullgivesuwind
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