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    Multiple reports are coming in that Wal-Mart Canada stores are currently selling the LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack and City Ambulance set for $15 each (reg.$24.99). Clearance savings work out to be 40% off. Thanks to forum members h22chen and josephliyen for the news.

    LEGO Star Wars 7956 Ewok Attack

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    Forum member pickytxmom informs us that Amazon America currently has LEGO Legends of Chima Cragger Command Ship on sale for $68.02 (reg.$79.99). Savings work out to be 15% off. Free shipping and no tax for most states. More of their hottest LEGO deals can be found here.

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    LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot Set

    LEGO has announced a new LEGO Mindstorms Robot set! The press release and pictures can be seen at Engadget and many others tech sites. Apparently, Mindstorms EV3 will be the first Mindstorms that does not need a PC! The set will be priced at $349.99 USD, €349.99 EUR and $399.99 CAD. Available in the second half of 2013.

    Thanks to Rob and forum member Neo for contacting us with the news.

    LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot (NXT 3.0)

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    LEGO® ROBOTS BEGIN WORLDWIDE MARCH:    NEW SMARTER, STRONGER LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 UNVEILED AT CES

    ‐Robotics Pioneer Releases More Accessible yet More “Hackable” Platform    in 15th Anniversary Year of the Original Smart Toy‐

    ‐Includes First‐Ever Native Language Editions for Russia, China and Korea‐

    CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is the result of three years of product development by an international team of LEGO designers, MINDSTORMS user‐enthusiasts and leading technology experts. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, available in summer 2013, will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience! on January 7 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees during the Kids@Play Summit, January 8‐11, 2013, in the Venetian Hotel.

    When LEGO MINDSTORMS first launched in 1998 it was regarded as the first real “smart toy.” Fifteen years later, The LEGO Group has redesigned MINDSTORMS to excite and challenge an audience of children who have grown up with technology, many of whom are more proficient in commanding and controlling mobile devices and other technology than their older siblings and parents. Furthermore, the audience for consumer robotics has grown considerably, leading the team to focus on simplifying the experience for a younger user while making it more flexible and powerful for hobbyists and other enthusiasts.

    The entire MINDSTORMS system is powered by the new EV3 Intelligent Brick. Stronger and faster with more memory and a larger processor, the EV3 Intelligent Brick now un‐tethers robots from the computer by providing users expanded on‐brick programming and tighter integration with smart devices. A new infrared sensor will give builders more control over their robots than ever before, adding more personality to the robot as it follows the builder or other devices. New Linux‐based firmware, a USB port and SD expansion slot will offer nearly unlimited programming and expansion capabilities. Additionally, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 will also include full iOS and Android compatibility out of the box.

    At launch, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 will include building instructions for 17 different robots such as “Everstorm” a Mohawk‐sporting humanoid that shoots mini‐spheres as it walks, “Spiker” a scorpion‐like robot that searches for an IR beacon “bug” or “Reptar”, a robotic snake that slithers, shakes and strikes, all designed to excite and inspire children with the endless possibilities of consumer robotics. To jump‐start the fun, The LEGO Group has created a series of “modular builds” designed to help children begin programming and playing within minutes. Builders can then add LEGO Technic® pieces, additional motors or sensors to change the functionality of the robot. A “mission pad” included with the box adds a new element of game play and encourages children to compete against themselves in a series of obstacle courses for the robots they build and program. Marking another first in the company’s history, MINDSTORMS EV3 is the first LEGO playset to incorporate 3D building instructions, made possible through collaboration with Autodesk. An innovative spin on The LEGO Group’s hallmark nonverbal, step‐by‐step building instructions, the new 3D instructions app, powered by Autodesk Inventor Publisher, allows builders to zoom in and rotate each step in the building process, making it easier than ever to assemble even the most sophisticated robot.

    “Fifteen years ago, we were among the first companies to help children use the power of technology to add life‐like behaviors to their LEGO creations with the MINDSTORMS platform,” said Camilla Bottke, LEGO MINDSTORMS project lead at The LEGO Group. “Now, we are equipping today’s tech‐literate generation of children with a more accessible, yet sophisticated robotics kit that meets their tech play expectations and abilities to truly unleash their potential so that they may surprise, impress and excite the world with their creativity.”

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is the most international robotics platform the company has ever developed. In response to a growing demand from emerging markets, for the first time MINDSTORMS will be released with native language editions for Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Spain and Denmark in addition to the English, French, German and Dutch language versions available today. The company assembled a multinational team of product designers and enthusiasts to create the new MINDSTORMS platform; product designers from across Europe and the U.S. worked together to develop the software and hardware for three years while a core team of 12 user‐enthusiasts from Greece to Canada have been testing the limits of the platform and working on apps, models, and hacking environments.

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 will be available at most toy and discount merchandise retailers and online stores in the second half of 2013 and will have a suggested retail price of $349.99(USD), €349.99(EUR) and $399.99(CAD).

    For educators interested in bringing the engagement of robotics into STEM‐related curriculum in middle school and high school classrooms, a new version of the MINDSTORMS platform optimized for school and institutional use will also be released this year. The LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 platform includes customizable curriculum; engaging, hands‐on models and an easy‐to‐use programming platform. More information on LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 can be found at www.LEGOeducation.us/MINDSTORMS.

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    This month’s mini model build is a LEGO Igloo! Because of the New Year’s Day being on a Tuesday, the event is Tuesday, January 8th, beginning at 5pm at your local LEGO Brand Store. Event is open to children aged 6-14 and only while supplies last. This is a FREE event and no purchase is necessary. *Date and schedule is for USA and Canada LEGO Brand Stores

    The event took place in Germany/UK/Denmark on Thursday January 3rd from 4-6PM. (Sorry for not posting about it before).

    LEGO Igloo

    LEGO Igloo

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    Like the Lone Rangers polybag sets, you build almost nothing at all here. Though, that tiny Quinjet does look neat. The best part? Its a cheap and easy way to get the LEGO Ironman minifigure in this small polybag set. Thanks to Flickr User motayan for the picture.

    LEGO 30167 Ironman Polybag Set

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    Seems like LEGO Legends of Chima will get a Super Pack set! The Super Pack set will contain 70000 Razcal’s Glider, 70001 Crawley’s Claw Ripper and 70003 Eris’ Eagle Interceptor. Like all other previous LEGO Super Pack set, this one will most likely only be available in Europe. Thanks to Flickr User motayan for the image.

    LEGO 66450 Chima Super Pack

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    The LEGO Lone Ranger 2013 Polybags have been revealed, courtesy of Flickr User motayan. LEGO Tonto’s Campfire 30261 and LEGO Lone Ranger’s Pump Car 30260 will both contain one minifigure. Unforunately, it seems like LEGO is only trying to sell the minifigure in polybag sets these days as you barley build anything.

    2013 Lone Ranger Mini Promo Sets

    • LEGO 30261 Tonto’s Campfire
    • LEGO 30260 Lone Ranger’s Pump Car

    LEGO Lone Ranger 2013 Polybag Sets (30260 30261) - Toysnbricks

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    LEGO Easter 2013 Polybag Sets (40052 40053)

    This year’s 2013 seasonal LEGO Easter Polybags have been revealed, thanks to Flickr User motayan. The 40052 set comes with 88 pieces and includes 2 minifigures while the 40053 bunny set contains 96 pieces.

    • LEGO 40052 Picnic with 2 minifigures
    • LEGO 40053 Bunny

    LEGO Easter 2013 Polybag Sets 40052 40053 - Toysnbricks

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