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Although I am not good at rendering or anything, I willing to try.
Meanwhile, some officially licensed book series in the database, like the Bionicle books, are rather incomplete. The criteria for which books appear in the database at all seems to be mostly based on what's appeared in catalogs or on LEGO.com, which results in an extremely eclectic selection. Bionicle chapter books, activity books, guide books, and a 2006 Bionicle annual are listed, but Bionicle graphic novels are not. All the Bionicle Chronicles and Bionicle Adventures chapter books are listed, but Bionicle Legends #6–11 are missing. And LEGO Ninjago books (besides the DK guide books) are not listed at all, not even the activity books, guide books, and this year's annual which include physical minifigures.
Does the new "books" category indicate that Brickset is intent on expanding its focus to include more LEGO books, and if so, by what criteria? Will books currently listed as "Gear" be moved to the new "Books" category? Will ISBN numbers become the new standard for identification of LEGO books, or will books which have product numbers on shop.LEGO.com or in LEGO catalogs continue to use those numbers? If you need any help figuring out what books are missing from the database or how to organize them I'd be happy to help out.
The plan is to move books out of 'gear' and to add all 'LEGO books that are likely to be of interest to AFOLs' to the database, regardless of whether they are officially licensed or not. With a few obscure exceptions I've just completed this, except for DK books.
Yes, I do plan to use ISBN numbers to reference them, which then makes it possible to link through to Amazon, although that is not without its problems given the likes of DK publish multiple versions: the US English version has a different number to the UK English one, for example.
The Gear/Books section contains books that were sold at shop.LEGO.com plus a few others that contain bricks or minifigs.
So, yes, it's very incomplete for story books and other kids books and to be honest I would be happy removing them from the database given they are of limited interest and are very difficult to maintain given the number of them: just look at Amazon to see all the thin paperback story or comic books, some with minifigs on the cover, that are being released nowadays.
However, if someone was to step up and take charge of this aspect of the database and help build a comprehensive list of them then I'd happily reconsider.
I am happy to reinstate Bionicle etc. ones but only if I can get a comprehensive list.
In British English both spellings are now considered correct, though 'collectables' was the original spelling.
Unopened pic of that set I contributed to BO earlier:
Apparently American English favors the spelling "Collectible", which might be another reason it's the spelling I'm most comfortable with. It's just one of many American English spellings that makes more sense to me than their British English equivalents after studying Latin and Spanish. I wonder if the similar spellings between American English and these languages is a result of early American trade with Spanish colonies, or a result of American English lexicographers being biased towards Latin spellings.
Having said that, as a current Classics student I cannot fault the logic of your comment :o)
Interestingly, the competition's website (lego.co.uk/citygiantpack) does not seem to exist (competition ends on 30. April 2016), and the other advertised link lego.co.uk/city redirects to a domain for sale...
With a subtle difference in meaning and only a slight difference in spelling, the distinction was quickly lost.
Foil Pack, 32 pieces
Sure he's a dog but he's also the namesake of the darn series not to mention he gets minifigure treatment with different expressions in his face.
Mystery Machine: http://brickset.com/sets/75902-1/The-Mystery-Machine
Now that I started to be interested in Lego again, I found a whole folder with those cutouts of alternative builds and didn't see them anywhere online. If there is an interested to add this to the database, I would scan those.
This could be stored under the "additional builds" section of a listing, right? I know there's no pictures there now, but could we put them there? (If not, then Images would be the logical place...) Unless there's a storage/bandwidth issue with adding these to the database, I support the suggestion.
I was looking at the Elves theme this morning and saw a poly that the notes say available with qualifying purchases on [email protected] April 2016. Doesn't say which market and not the UK or US. Is this a mistake or where was it available? Maybe a promo LEGO changed their mind on?
#30375 is the poly in question - I have directed to this to you, as I see in the change log you added the note. :o)
Haven't seen the UK LEGO store calendar for this month so can't testify to when it might be released over there.
Friends Wishing Well, 19th March, TRU Australia.
Nexo Knights Micro Mecha Horse & Battle Blaster, 9th April, Myer Australia.
Nexo Knights Micro Rumble Blade & Chaos Chariot, 23rd/24th April, TRU Australia.
My daughter got one of those activity books as well. Just 13 blocks, with a magazine called "Lego Friends: Grand Plans" (EN) / "Lego Friends: Grote Avonturen" (NL) / "Lego Friends: Grand Projets" (FR). The French cover below comes from a reseller website, the photo with building instructions and colophon are mine (just low quality snaps with my camera for now). The colophon lists the model number as "LEA-104", produced by AMEET Sp. z.o.o. under license from the LEGO group, and JP Publishing as the publisher. I'm pretty sure this is the same publisher as Juniorpress Magazines mentioned by @Galactus earlier. Let me know if there is interest, and if so, what details and format will help you most.
^^ No, we don't record those books, there are too many, no way to keep track of them all and they are of limited interest to the site's main audience.
EDIT: Nevermind, I see that it was just added. :) But 853544 is the correct six-digit number. The seven digit number is just an alternate SKU like all sets have.
#3246 - not in the database!
#3244 - supposedly not released? (and no image)
#3204 - no image
#3205 - no image
Not sure if these are acceptable images for the DB-- I found a few other instances of 3205 and 3204 in other catalogs, although none of the pictures are all that great. Do we know anything about why 3244 showed up in a catalog but wasn't released? Or is the note in the database possibly incorrect?
They must've got pretty close though. BrickLink only lists the arch as being available in White or Medium Yellowish Green. However, there was an Element ID (4114772) for it in Light Yellow. Perhaps there are a few crates of them sitting around in a warehouse somewhere.
It is listed to have been only available in CZ, DK, and UK.
Not sure if books of this type are normally added to the database, I bought it for the really cool illustrations - and because it's a sort of a Nexo Knights Monster Manual. It's not yet available from [email protected]