LEGO DIGITAL DESIGNER STILL ALIVE – LATEST LDD VERSION RELEASED

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Last January, the brick world was aghast when a news item spread like wildfire over the Internet regarding the discontinued support that were looming over LEGO’s Digital Designer. With such consternation across AFOL (Adult Fans of Lego) forums, the LDD’s Consumer Services Team were quick to clarify that continued support will still be provided for LDD’s current functionality. This means that they will not be doing automatic updates, but more elements will be added from time to time.

Now, as a way to stay true to their word, LDD has recently launched Version 4.3.9 as a patch if you have installed a previous copy already, or by clicking on the download graphic above to begin downloading the installer from the LDD website. If you have LDD previously installed, it will prompt you to download and install the update, otherwise you may proceed and continue offline. The patch is around 280MB in size so it might take several minutes before the update is applied.

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We’re thankful for the efforts of our friends over at Eurobricks.com for the handy pdf file that includes all the new elements included in 4.3.9. Credit goes to forum member Superkalle for sharing this great piece of info.

 

 

 

TIPS AND PHOTOS TO INSPIRE YOU FOR YOUR SECOND GREATEST PROJECT: ORGANIZING YOUR LEGO STUFF

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Let’s face it: perhaps the most daunting task of being a LEGO fan is when it all comes down to that point where you’re simply lost on how to give order among that chaos of bricks and pieces. There is nothing more troublesome than a disorganized collection that can easily dampen your motivation in pushing through with your next big MOC. So how do we go around in this organizing business?

Reality check: the internet is riddled with many good-intentioned advices on how to organize your rainbow-colored abyss of plastic bricks. But truth be told, there is no single, most effective way of sorting any LEGO collection. The possibilities are endless and when you think you struck gold in discovering what works for you, humbly bear in mind that it may not be the best for that next door neighbor who is now pulling his hair for stepping into that 2×4 brick for the nth time.

However, not having a gold standard of putting things in order doesn’t mean that we don’t have to start somewhere. Jennifer at TheBrothersBrick understands this very well. She gives five practical tips that will make life easier for you and for those around you who shares the house with a LEGO fanatic.

  • Tip #1: Use containers.
  • Tip #2: Label these containers.
  • Tip #3: Kick yourself for procrastinating (I mean that annoying habit of setting things aside or delaying them until a later time).
  • Tip #4: Create some ‘white noise’ while sorting – listen to music, or even a podcast as you sort and organize your bricks. I promise you, you’ll be more focused in what you’re doing.
  • Tip #5: Fine-tune your organizing system.

If these tips are not enough to roll up your sleeves and start that brick-picking work, sometimes the best way to push yourself is to be inspired by those who made it. Take a look at these 7 glorious examples of LEGO workspaces that will hopefully challenge you to do the same, without turning green out of envy.

Now, if I can just find the vacuum cleaner…

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My Workbench

The Wall

Storage and Sorting

Sorted!

Lego Room Build

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LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES CAPTAIN AMERICA MOTORCYCLE (30447) NOW RIDES AT TOYS R US

Toys R Us is getting ready for Civil War – the movie, that is. LEGO’s Marvel Super Heroes Civil War Captain America’s Motorcycle (30447) is now listed on their site for $3.99. You may remember that Stephen shared this breaking news from the LEGO Marvel front a couple of days ago. Check out the video below.

This polybag comes with the Civil War version of Captain America’s minifigure together with his motorcycle and sidecar that fires flick missiles, and provision for keeping our hero’s shield. Here’s the product description and some photos from Toys R Us:

Drive to save the world on Captain America’s Motorcycle featuring a sidecar with a flick missile. The set includes a Captain America minifigure with a shield.


The LEGO Super Heroes Marvel Civil War Captain America’s Motorcycle (30447) features:

  • Includes a Captain America minifigure.
  • This set provides an age appropriate building experience for ages 6-12.

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It is not in stock yet, but hopefully there will be plenty to go around, especially before the movie hits theaters on May 6.

For other updates, Brickfan mentioned that Toys R Us has started a new promotion for this week (March 6-12). For a minimum of LEGO City purchase of $35 or more, you can grab a FREE LEGO City ATV Patrol (60065). Though this promotional offer is only available in stores only, Toys R Us also listed the LEGO City ATV Patrol in their website with an option of purchasing it individually. Retailing at $5.59 (down from a previous price of $6.99), 60065 comes with 2 minifigures with an assortment of accessories, a police ATV, hideout and snake.

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LEGO IDEAS 21305 MAZE OFFICIALLY RELEASED

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We featured some of Jason Allemann’s work for quite some time now and we’re so proud and delighted that LEGO has finally and officially unveiled his creation – the LEGO Ideas Maze 21305.

Here’s a look at the official box art and packaging for the 21305.

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The set includes 769 pieces and will retail at $69.99 in the US and $89.99 in Canada slated to hit stores on April 1 – don’t worry, we’re not in the habit of pranking people on this date. Anyways, in addition to the basic design the set comes with a second castle-themed design.

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The back side of the box shows how the maze is operated by using the tilt knobs and a very simple guide on in changing the themed maze plates.

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Here’s LEGO’s official press release:

 

LEGO Ideas Maze – The reinvention of a classic!

 

The latest LEGO Ideas product reinvents the classic ball and labyrinth game, but adds a twist of creative LEGO building to the fun.

Built entirely from LEGO elements, the LEGO Maze consists of a base frame and a simple tip and tilt mechanism made up of LEGO beams and axles. You turn the wheels to move the maze up and down or from side to side guiding the ball away from the traps.

The interchangeable maze system means you can easily swap maze plates without having to rebuild the entire game. Once you’ve mastered the two maze designs included with the set, you will find lots of inspiration to start creating your own mazes using the bricks included or any of your own LEGO elements.

The set also includes a removable container to store the balls and a travel lock that keeps everything in place when you are carrying or storing the game.

This is the 13th product in the LEGO Ideas series, this time designed by LEGO fan Jason Allemann who has always been fascinated with this classic game.

 

WATCH: WINNING A BATTLE AGAINST THIS EV3 CREATION IS CLOSE TO IMPOSSIBLE

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We can’t seem to get enough of Jason Allemann’s creation – especially right now that LEGO has finally included him among the roster of those blessed brick designers whose work has finally released as an official LEGO Ideas set. Now that Jason’s LEGO Ideas Maze 21305 will be made available on April 1, let’s take a look once again on one of his original JK Brickworks MOC from two years ago – the Ultimate Lego Machine aka the ‘LuuMa EV3’. This is by far the most popular MOC in his YouTube site raking 7.4 million views as of to date.

Based on the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit 31313, the LuuMa EV3 was coined as “undefeatable” – well, in terms of cleverly annoying you that is.

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Typical of Jason’s philanthropic inclinations, he was kind enough to share the building instructions for his creation which he fondly calls his “useless machine”. Click here for a pdf copy of the guide. The EV3 program file can be downloaded here.

“I had a blast building this model, programming the responses and playing with it once it was complete,” says Jason. Seeing how it works, we couldn’t agree more.

 

Now… to have some little, social experiment with this one.