Where Can I Buy Lego Bricks Or Anything Similar To Lego Bricks Within Metro Manila In The Philippines?

The cheaper the better. I just need LEGO bricks or any substitute. I don’t need custom characters or vehicles (police, trucks, etc.) Any particular mall or outlet where I can buy LEGO bricks? Please post the mall or outlet, its location, and the item’s estimated price. Thanks a lot.
P.S. Some say Toys R Us or Toy Kingdom would be a good choice but they don’t have a complete list of items. Appreciate it. Thanks.

Lego Star Wars – Build Your Own Empire

For the Star Wars and/or Lego fanatic in all of us, Lego brought a new era of enjoyment when they agreed to a license with Lucasfilms, enabling them to produce a unique Star Wars line of Lego toys. The Lego Star Wars series has been available since 1999 and has been continually expanded upon. It was introduced with characters and vehicles from the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV-VI). Since then there have been new sets and releases that encompass the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) and even the latest Clone Wars animated film and TV series.

All of the mainstays of the Star Wars franchise are available in Lego form. The characters, for the most part, maintain the typical Lego figure. That means that they have a square body with a block shaped head, with just slight variations such as colors and accessories like capes or hats/helmets. However, due to the wide discrepancy between the shapes and sizes of many of the Star Wars characters, unique and original molds were created for the Lego Star Wars line. Darth Vader for example, has his own easily recognizable head and head shape, as do the Stormtroopers, Yoda and many other aliens and characters. Yes, the lightsabers are available with some figures as well!

Outside of the characters, Lego Star Wars also produces all of the recognizable and famous ships and vehicles from the franchise. This includes the ultra-popular Millennium Falcon, which has been tweaked and improved upon since its original release. Also available of course is the X-Wing fighter. Other available vehicles and ships include the Imperial AT-ST, TIE fighters, a Rebel Blcckade Runner (the starship you see being chased by the Imperial Star Destroyer in the opening scene of the original movie) and several speeder crafts. There are also location sets including the Death Star, the Hoth Rebel base and more.

In addition to these characters and vehicles, Lego has released a vast array of Star Wars products, including several additions to their Technic line, which is based on complex parts and movement and are less reminiscent the classic block look, feel and construction of Lego figures. Also released was a mini figure magnet series with a dozen Star Wars characters. Additionally, Lego released several Star Wars products for their Ultimate Collector Series, which are large and highly complex designs. The Millennium Falcon for this series, with over 5,000 pieces, was the largest and most complex Lego product ever released for the public.

The single most popular Lego Star Wars product however would have to be the videogame series. These videogames sold tremendously well and reached critical acclaim across both the Star Wars and videogame community. The first game was based on the prequel trilogy, and the second game was based on the original trilogy. Afterwards, both were released together in one complete addition.

Lego Star Wars toys, figures and products are fun for just about everybody. Whether you are an adult reliving his childhood, or a child discovering the series for the first time, Lego Star Wars combines the best of two great franchises into an amazing line of products that should give you hours upon hours of entertainment.

Chris is an avid Star Wars fan. You can find more information on the different Lego Star Wars sets and characters at Lego Star Wars and remember, may the force be with you!

LEGO Plates – The History

Using a LEGO plate when you play with LEGO is not just to attach the bricks. It also makes the lego built looks nicer and more attractive.
In the long history of LEGO, there have been many plates produced by the LEGO company. Let’s take a look at the history of LEGO plate.

We can trace back to the very beginning of Lego sets (circa 1956). The plates were only produced in white in sizes 2×8, 4×8, 6×8, and 4×8 – right curve, and 4×8 – left curve by then. It was like that until 1963. These early plates had those interesting “square holed” bottoms, and were made of Cellulose Acetate (as were all the other Lego bricks). The 1950’s and 1960’s Esso Service Station (#310) were an early user of all of these plates, especially the curved plates. In fact the Esso Service set had red “hand painted” edges on some of these plates to give that “Art Deco Moderne” red stripe that this set had. Horst Lehner’s excellent website of early Lego Catalogs shows (in the 1958 catalog) the red striped plates in the Esso Service set:

lego catalog

This red stripe (the Esso Service station) was also found in the early Samsonite Town Plan set (#725), as well as the European Town Plan set (#810).

The first small Lego plates came out in a big way in 1963. That year several very interesting thing happened:

1) small plates (1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4) came out for the first time in parts packs.
2) small plates were used for the first time in a set – the unique continental European Architectural Sets.
3) small plates did not have the “square hole” bottom common to the larger white plates, but the circular holes like we know them today.
4) Samsonite produced small plates in different colors (white, red, black, grey, clear, green) than were available in Europe (white, red, yellow, blue, black, grey, clear). Green was only produced by Samsonite, and blue & yellow were only produced by TLG Europe.
5) TLG (Europe) produced plates from the very beginning (1963) in ABS Plastic, while Samsonite (USA/Canada) produced small plates (also starting in 1963) in Cellulose Acetate! Figure that one out!

The first plates parts pack that came out in 1963 came out in several very interesting variations. The regular European parts packs of 1963 were colorful boxes slightly larger than USA cigarette boxes, and had flapped ends for opening the box (as opposed to the earlier sliding open box, similar to match boxes – which were used for parts packs from  1956-62). The new plate boxes were the same as other Lego brick boxes. They were #518 (2×4 plates), #519, (2×3 plates), #520 (2×2 plates), and #521 (1×1 & 1×2 plates).

A 1963 German catalog (from  Horst Lehner’s ) showing the small plates for the first time:

lego catalog

These 4 parts packs was the Architectural series of parts packs that had the same set number (and the same number of pieces) as the regular plates parts packs. The major difference for these Architectural parts packs was that they were encased not in cardboard, but in a clear plastic box that had a 8×11 grey plate as the bottom of the box, with a cardboard sleeve (showing “architects” and young adults building modern houses and buildings). This 8×11 grey plate was the very first large Lego plate produced in a color other than white. It is also, believed, the only time an 8×11 rectangular plate was ever produced by Lego.

These Architectural parts packs were produced for the short lived (and not too popular) Architectural Series of sets – #750, #751, #752. This entire Architectural series (plus their parts packs) were only produced
for the continental European countries (not Britain), and were produced from 1963-65.

By that time, Samsonite was only using  Cellulose Acetate bricks for the material, then it  must have switched to ABS plastic after  TLG Europe (which started switching in 1961 – according to “The World of Lego Toys”).

Plates in other sizes that those listed above would come later, and by the 1990’s plates would come in all shapes and sizes.

This LEGO plate history was a write up by Gary R Istoc

What is Samsonite to do with LEGO?

We all know that LEGO was founded in Denmark.  By the mid 1950’s, it was sold throughout the Scandanavian countries of Europe.  In 1956 it started selling in West Germany, Europes largest market.  By the early 1960’s The LEGO Group (TLG) wanted to expand to the USA and Canada.  However, the market was to big for them and had them formed a licensing partnership with the Samsonite Corporation of Denver Colorado.  The license (as was just stated by Anders Isaksson of Sweden) was for 99 years, although TLG purchased back the license in 1972.  So between 1961 and 1972 all US Lego boxes said “LEGO by Samsonite”.

Bright Up With LEGO Lights

LEGO Lights are going to bright up Medan.

For Medanese, it is hard to find LEGO accessories in Medan. Those refers to items such as LEGO bags, LEGO apparels, and many more. You can only find a limited number of LEGO watches, LEGO Stylus pens, ice maker etc.

This is just great that by November 2009, Medanese especially for LEGO enthutiast to get hold of LEGO lights and torches.

These are cute and collectible.

I personally like the lantern. From the description below you can see that both the hands have the swinging handle ability which allows you to leave him hanging on a hook or to carry around up and about should you be roughing it out. It will be much of fun, and of course the dynamo torch is great. You only need to crank the arm and it will produce electricity. Won’t it just be fund.

Ok, while you are waiting for their arrival, browse their details describe below and choose your favorite. (Why not just choose all 🙂 )

Describe below are few of them :

    lego brick light1. LEGO Brick Light

  • – Size : 81 mm
  • – 4 white LED lights
  • – Uses 3 x AAA batteries
  • – Stationary mounted or hand-carry for portable use
  • – Mounts to a wall, underselves or bed
  • – Wire free installation – brings light to remote area

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    lego dynamo torch

    2. LEGO Dynamo Torch

    The dynamo torch is environmental friendly because it has a built in electric generator. By turning the crank handle, kids provide all energy necessary to produce all the light needed for any activity.

    No battery needed, hence saving money, preserves the environment and totally convenient.

  • – Figure size 190mm
  • – 2 white LED lights
  • – Built-in generator – Just crank the arm and it will work
  • – Poseable arms and light angling legs
  • – NiMH rechargeable batteries

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    lego lantern

    3. LEGO Lantern

    This is not a toy. They are state-of-art lightning products armored in a classic LEGO form. The lantern provides extra light wherever it is needed.

  • Figure size 223 mm
  • 4 white LED lights
  • Uses 4 x AA batteries
  • Swinging, carry handle
  • 360 degree lightning
  • On/Off button

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    lego head lamp
    4. LEGO Head LampThe headlamp features the LEGO Minifure which clips to the headboard or whatever you like- a backpack, jacket or belt.
    Because the light emanates from the bottoms of the minifigures and it legs are posable, you can direct the light two ways at once.

  • – Mini head lamp size 70mm
  • – 2 white LED lights
  • – Batteries included
  • – Poseable arms and light angling legs
  • – Clips to headband, backpack or clothes

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    lego torch
    5. LEGO Torch
    This torch combines the fund and nostalgia of the Minifigure with a handy reliable LED light. The Minifigure torch is your constant companion. It sports posable arms and dual light kicking feet.

  • – Figure size 190mm
  • – 2 white LED lights
  • – Uses 3 x AAA batteries
  • – Poseable arms and light angling legs

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    lego mini torch
    6. LEGO Mini Torch

  • – Pocket size 70mm
  • – 2 white LED lights
  • – Uses 3 x AAA batteries
  • – Poseable arms and light angling legs

LEGO Pirates Event – Meet & Greet Pirate

Another great and fun activities during the LEGO Pirate Event at Sun Plaza Medan was the Meet & Greet with LEGO Pirate. A giant costume of LEGO Pirate replica was made and it was a big wow for the visitors of the Sun Plaza Medan.

Take a look at how the kids & their moms surrounding the pirate for picture taking.

pirate figurine

The teenagers were also keen to take pictures.

lego giant pirate

Another great fun for kids was that they were not only meeting the “pirate”, but they can be the pirate themselves. Supported by Professional Photo Studio, one of the largest photography studio in Jalan Iskandar Muda, Medan. With certain amount of purchase of LEGO products, the kid was entitled for one photo session in pirate costume for free. We had hundreds of photos taken on this 3 weeks event.

lego giant pirate

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LEGO Mech Machines – Voltron

Some of us, especially boys, are normally attached to robots or machines when it comes to toys. This include me. I remember from my child time, it was the Japan anime Voltes V which has all me and my friends attention. We talked about it all the time. And then we got Voltron, Gundam and more.

When I started to play LEGO than, it was planes or robots. I’ve tried to make them as resemblance to my favorite robots than. Well, it wasn’t really looked the same. But I was happy with them and play with them all the time.

When I came across this flickr photos, it just bring back old memories and WOW, why can’t I made it back then.

This is awesome, the Voltron robot from LEGO bricks.

lego voltron

lego voltron

Just look at the comparation of the minifigures to the robots and imagine the size of it.

lego voltron

lego voltron