DK LEGO Factivity Books Available for Additional $2 with Magazine Purchases in Woolworths, Australia

There seems to be no doubt that when it comes to The LEGO Group’s many publishing partners that produce official licensed books and magazines, one of the foremost is the UK’s Dorling-Kindersley (DK). Many of our past articles on The Brick Show that talks about the hottest LEGO books are mainly about those from DK. And it looks like we have more LEGO-DK published material coming out, these ones being included in a promotional tandem with the Woolworths Supermarkets retail chain in Australia. These are the new LEGO Factivity books and there are six in all to collect. Each can be gotten by adding only two Australian dollars to every purchase of magazines from Woolworths, namely Better Homes and Gardens, and Australian Men’s Health.

These LEGO Factivity books from DK are divided into two prominent themes with two volumes each. The Ninjago Factivity Books include “Ninja & Foes” and “Training & Battles”; LEGO Friends has “Animal Friends” and “Hobbies & Friends”; finally, LEGO City volumes are comprised of “City Jobs” and “On The Move”.

Each Factivity Book contains fun activities and games, trivia about the characters and elements from each of the three featured themes, and some encyclopedic trivia that are relevant to the theme and subject of each book. For example, LEGO Friends “Animal Friends” include animal trivia.

This offer is only available at Australia’s Woolworths Supermarkets, from September 17 to October 28 and while supplies last. Other participating publications include Who, Women’s Health, New Idea, Girlfriend and many more. Only one Factivity Book for each magazine purchased.

Guinness World Records Celebrates Records Claimed (and Honored) by Official LEGO Sets and MOCs

When we say that several products by LEGO have set records, we certainly mean it: Guinness World Records. This international database of statistics for “the most x of y” also includes some official LEGO sets and notable MOCs, with records established ranging from biggest to tallest and so much more.

This week, Guinness World Records has put up a new section on their official website called “Making History with LEGO Bricks”. As stated, this section shines the spotlight on LEGO sets or MOCs builds that either hold official World Records, or represents an object that holds a World Record.

One example of the former category is the news-making LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192), which holds a GWR on its own right for “Largest commercially available LEGO set (7,541 pieces)”. Then we have the long-retired LEGO Creator Maersk Triple-E Container Ship (10241); while not a record-holder itself, the set does depict the (former) GWR holder for “Largest Container Ship”.

The Building History with LEGO section on the Guinness World Record website details 8 such LEGO sets and builds that have world records attached to them. It’s also apparently going to be a special feature in the 2019 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. They have a list of stores from 10 countries where that book, and its other special spinoffs (Wild Things and Gamer’s Edition) are available.

The Guinness Book of World Records 2019 edition went on sale this Tuesday, August 28.

New LEGO Build the World – Incredible Inventions Trading Cards Now Available in Sainsbury’s Stores and Supermarkets

Last week we got the first word that Sainsbury’s in the UK was about to reintroduce their Create the World Series of LEGO Collectible Trading Cards. It was something of a hit for the UK supermarket chain when they did it last year, and in 2018 it’s time for their LEGO shoppers to collect cards again under a new theme. This new series of LEGO trading cards from Sainsbury’s is called Create the World: Incredible Inventions. The promotion started this week, with Sainsbury’s store and markets now carrying the trading card packs and the special album books in which to put together the LEGO cards.

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Steps to collect the Incredible Inventions series of Sainsbury’s LEGO cards remain the same as before. Sainsbury’s shoppers will receive a free pack of 4 collectible cards at the counter for a minimum shopping receipt of £10. The card albums – blue this year – are priced at £2.50 apiece and come with two free card packs.

Time will tell if this new Create the World: Incredible Inventions trading card series from LEGO will be as popular as last year, when the card albums after the promo period were being sold online at expensive LEGO-set prices. Sainsbury’s has yet to announce if the trading cards can only be acquired in the promo process, or sold conventionally as well.

Scholastic Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing LEGO with Picture Storybook “I’m Fun, Too!”

There are loads of publishing powerhouses who pride themselves to be licensees to LEGO, churning out material from comics, reference books in and out of LEGO subjects, and even storybooks. The most prominent publishers to do this much for LEGO are Dorling-Kindersley (DK) in the UK and Scholastic for Stateside.

Speaking of Scholastic, they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary of being an official LEGO licensee for books and print media. To that end they’re releasing a picture storybook that also commemorates the double milestone of LEGO60 and Minifigure40, all told in a delightful children’s story that’s also great for all ages.

This is “I’m Fun, Too!” described as a Classic LEGO Picture Book. It’s written and illustrated by Barnacle Is Bored and Plankton Is Pushy author Jonathan Fenske, as his first LEGO-related work. That doesn’t quite mean he hasn’t spent lots of time with the toys and minifigures; his LEGO-playing days actually figure into the narrative.

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In his youth, as Fenske relates, he has had the opportunity of playing with LEGO minifigures in their original configuration: no facial expressions, no moving parts, and no details beyond color. “I’m Fun, Too!” follows such a minifigure, who encounters the minifigs of today, with their varied hair, printed body details and various props aplenty.

This wonderful LEGO picture storybook from Scholastic comes out on August 28, and will be available in hardcover print and Kindle form. It’ll be fun to read how oldie minifigure resolves his feeling about his future counterparts as expressed in his inner thoughts like so:

“Let’s face it. If we were all ice cream, those guys would be the super-duper chunky happy birthday blast. And I would be the vanilla.”

Here’s Your Chance To Have The Exclusive LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Electro Suit Batman Minifigure

If you recall back in 2012, DK Books released its first version of the LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary focusing on the LEGO Batman universe. Like any most LEGO-inspired DK book, this particular visual dictionary also comes with a free and exclusive minifigure which gives us an idea on how Batman may look like if ever he is in a Tron movie. In case you missed this exclusive back then, you might be glad to know that after almost 6 years, the LEGO DC Comics Superheroes Electro Suit Batman minifigure is once again available as a new promotional give-away by Media Offers in the UK.

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The return of the Electro Suit Batman minifig marks the celebration of the return of the updated 2018 LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary, together with an exclusive Ultimate Activity Kit and a special pull-out poster. There is no purchase necessary to claim these freebies, however, you are expected to cover the cost of handling and postage which is £2.99 for the Electro Suit Batman, and £1.99 for the Ultimate Activity Kit. If you wish to avail both of these items, you have the option of shelling out £4.45.

If you’re eyeing on the LEGO DC Electro Suit Batman, then this is the best time to avail this. Just follow the instructions which you can find on Media Offers’ website. While you’re at it, be sure to check and pre-order the upcoming revised and expanded version of the LEGO DC Superheroes Visual Dictionary coming in September.

DK’s LEGO Animal Atlas Now on Reduced Prices Of As Much As 30% Over At Amazon

We’ve gone over, in the past, a good number of official LEGO books recently published and released by the company’s steadfast print partner Dorling Kindersley (DK). Granted, most of those books that came out were franchise titles, whether LEGO’s own or licensed elsewhere. But there have also been DK LEGO books with more “generalized” subjects. Take for instance this volume, the LEGO Animal Atlas. Released two months ago, it contains a mini-encyclopedia of some of the world’s most familiar animals, along with building tips from UK-based AFOL gurus such as Jason Briscoe, Rod Gilles and Simon Pickard, to help child readers construct LEGO brick-built animals. As a bit of a trivia, the LEGO Store Monthly Mini-Build for the month of August (which is a Toucan by the way) is also featured in this latest LEGO-inspired DK offering.

As if the LEGO animal-building instructions weren’t enough, the LEGO Animal Atlas also takes pages from its licensed-property brethren. But where LEGO Star Wars or LEGO DC Visual Dictionary might have a minifigure included, the LEGO Animal Atlas comes with a 60-piece LEGO brick set, with enough specific elements to build four particular creatures featured in the book.

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Currently you can find the LEGO Animal Atlas online at Amazon, where it has recently undergone a hefty price cut of more than 30%. Here’s the full description of the book as posted by Amazon.

LEGO Animal Atlas: Discover the Animals of the World and Get Inspired to Build!

An atlas of animals with 60 bricks to build four exclusive mini-models: panda, penguin, giraffe, and kangaroo.

Discover the planet’s amazing animals with specially commissioned LEGO® models and maps. Which animal gobbles up 4,000 clams in one meal? Where can you find a snail as big as a baseball? The LEGO Animal Atlas has answers to these questions and a whole lot more. The book is packed with fascinating facts, images, and building ideas for more than 110 models of the world’s most awesome animals. 

A detailed LEGO map, dotted with charming micro-build creatures, introduces each of the continents. The maps are followed by colorful spreads featuring up to seven LEGO animals in their habitats. From a cute koala in the Australian outback to a mighty lion prowling the African savanna, this book showcases many of the world’s favorite animals–plus some unusual sights, such as the bizarre blue-footed booby and the mysterious giant squid. 

The models are built with mostly standard bricks, and tips and breakdowns will inspire children to create their own animal models. A combination of clear photos, authoritative text, fun facts, and classic LEGO humor helps children learn as they build and play their way around the animal world.

The Ideal Order Helps You Sort Not Just Your LEGO Bricks, But Other Things That Matter To You As Well

I’ve been featuring numerous LEGO-themed books here in the blogsite for quite some time already – ranging from simple activity books intended for younger LEGO fans, to inventories and LEGO MOC building tips and design for older, fully engaged fans of the brick. Most of these books simply cater to the common interest that most of us have: a new LEGO set or subtheme that is set to be the most recent craze, new milestones about the LEGO Group, or simply for the sake of that exclusive minifigure or special LEGO parts that come along with the book.  However, this recent book entitled The Ideal Order by seasoned writer and LEGO fan Dr. Christoph Bartneck is kind of difficult to categorize because it is a class on its own. So if you think you have seen and known what all those LEGO books out there has to offer, then you may want to read on for the next  few minutes and see what The Ideal Order has in store.

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The Ideal Order is not entirely much about the LEGO brick itself, but our relationship towards it as a fan and devotee of this ubiquitous toy. It deals with issues that almost all AFOLs like us can relate to – dealing with the ups and downs of life and making sense out of it through the help of our common interest towards LEGO. Often times when I work with a certain LEGO set, or just simply trying to put order in that chaotic pile of LEGO pieces, is in itself already therapeutic. I liken it to a form of positive escape from the crazy humdrum of day-to-day activities. In a way, The Ideal Order perfectly captures that feeling of working with LEGO pieces while at the same time, learning to deal with some of life’s most difficult issues.  The story of Dr. Park’s life and the struggles that he faced, echoes what most of us have silently faced for some time already. If you consider yourself to be a true fan of the LEGO brick then reading this book is a must.

Here’s a brief summary of Dr. Bartneck’s The Ideal Order.

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Dr. Rob Park’s life is out of order. His estranged wife is leaving him, the relationship to his daughters is strained and his academic career is at a dead end. He escapes into the cult of LEGO and the study of classification systems. By sorting his collection of LEGO bricks he reconnects to his daughters and he maintains his sobriety while maneuvering in the bizarre world of academia. Prof. Dr. Smith and his newly found Adult Fans Of LEGO help him to find a new structure for himself, his brick collection and his family.

Dr. Bartneck’s goal in writing this book is to ultimately help AFOLs go through that rough patch in their lives by trying to connect our passion for the LEGO brick to a renewed sense of our selves, and appreciation to those who really matter to us. He is even kind enough to offer a FREE copy of The Ideal Order to anyone interested by simply visiting his site and downloading a copy of his book either in PDF or ePub formats.

As part of his efforts to reach more AFOLs, Dr. Bartneck also offers a radio play version of his book which will be available across multiple media platforms such as Apple iTunes, Google Music, Stitcher, and TuneIn. He also plans to offer this radio play version as a podcast feed, with 12, 30-minute episodes all in all, with each episode to be released every Friday starting tomorrow. Here’s a teaser on what to expect in the podcast.

If you wish to support Dr. Bartneck’s work and his other publications, please do him a favor by visiting his website, and check out the other books that he has written.

This Upcoming LEGO Book New Edition Comes With An Exclusive Printed LEGO Brick

Here’s another LEGO DK book to add to any LEGO fan’s library. Following the announcement of an updated LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary, DK has announced another LEGO-themed book that offers a fresh, new perspective on everything that we love about the LEGO brick. The LEGO Book New Edition explores the story of the LEGO Group and its iconic products, just in time with the patented LEGO brick’s 60th anniversary, and the 40th year of the LEGO minifigure.  As an added bonus, LEGO and DK publishing is including an exclusive, printed LEGO brick that goes with the book.

LEGO Book New Edition

Celebrate and explore the incredible story of the LEGO Group and its much-loved bricks, sets, minifigures, movies, games, and more with this updated and expanded edition.

Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company’s humble beginnings in a carpenter’s workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the stunning toys, video games and movies of today, including LEGO® Star Wars™, THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™, and LEGO® Dimensions. This special edition of The LEGO® Book has been fully updated and expanded with the latest LEGO sets and fascinating facts to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick and the 40th anniversary of the minifigure. Go behind the scenes to learn how LEGO bricks are made; find out how amazing fan creations become real-life LEGO sets, and marvel at how LEGO bricks made it to the computer screen and the big screen. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group, The LEGO® Book is a treasure trove for LEGO fans of all ages.

Though the image posted in Amazon seems to be a prelim and does not show how this exclusive LEGO brick looks like, I hope it is something different from the 2×4 60th year commemorative plate that LEGO has released with the Build Bigger Thinking sets. I reckon that this exclusive brick may somehow be similar to the commemorative 3M beam that was released together with 2017’s LEGO Technic sets.

The LEGO Book New Edition is now available for pre-order via Amazon, retailing for $25. It is scheduled for release on October 2, 2018.

 

LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition Arriving in 2019

On the print media front, LEGO has done much to cultivate partnerships with several of publishing lines like Dorling-Kindersley or DK. Through them came a number of LEGO reference books, most especially the Visual Dictionaries that were handy info books for identifying sets and minifigures from various tie-in LEGO-licensed franchises. The fact that new LEGO sets and minifigures, and reissues of old ones, happen quite regularly, means  said visual dictionaries need updating every few years or so, and next on the revamp is the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition which is slated to arrive next year.

It would be the second reissue of the visual dictionary for LEGO Star Wars by DK in its entire print run. The original book debuted in 2009, and DK released an “Updated and Expanded” edition only four years ago, in 2014. By the time the “New Edition” comes out, five years would have already passed.

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The new content joining the update of the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition will be rather obvious since the Star Wars sequel trilogy began showing after 2014. Models of Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, and minifigure details on Rey and Kylo Ren are obvious additions for it. What could probably be the book’s main selling point could be the exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure that traditionally goes along with this.

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We can expect the DK LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary New Edition to come out at bookstores by April 1, 2019. And that’s no April Fools’ joke since its already listed in Amazon with the pre-order offers still pending.  Be sure to check with Amazon every once in a while to see when this latest LEGO DK book will up for pre-order.

 

DK’s LEGO DC Super Heroes Visual Dictionary Exclusive Minifigure Is The Yellow Lantern Batman

It’s the start of a new month, and it’s usually the best time for LEGO to make new revelations on what products they’ve teased earlier in the year. For instance, back in February, they previewed several new books on original LEGO themes and licensed franchises courtesy of Dorling Kindersley (DK). One of the books featured then was the LEGO DC Super Heroes Visual Dictionary. And like many LEGO books, this one has an exclusive minifigure on the cover and we finally know what it is. DK’s LEGO DC Super Heroes Visual Dictionary exclusive minifigure is none other than the Yellow Lantern Batman.

As revealed by Amazon France, the exclusive minifigure for the Visual Dictionary is Batman with the power of a Yellow Lantern. This version of the otherwise heroic character appeared in the DC Comics line-wide crossover Forever Evil (issue 4), as a member of the Sinsetro Corps. Batman’s hero schtick may have been to put fear in the hearts of evildoers, but this is too extreme. Of course it doesn’t last.

The LEGO DC Super Heroes Visual Dictionary from DK Publishing comes out on September 4. This hardcover volume is priced at$21.99 and is also listed on Amazon US for pre-order. One can avail of the Amazon Pre-Order Price Guarantee to ensure that any price changes for the lower when the book is released means only the lowest price will be paid.