The Rebrickable-hosted Premium MOCs feature was introduced in late 2017 when Mocplans shut down. There were thousands of LEGO fans who needed access to the building instructions they had purchased, so Rebrickable started hosting them. At the same time, it became possible to submit new MOCs using this hosting method. This is now our preferred way of hosting Premium MOCs (vs self-hosted where the designer has to serve the files and handle payments), and so I have spent a lot of time lately focusing on improvements to make it fully competitive with other digital sales platforms out there.
LEGO’s core business is, as we all know, selling toys. But over the years, LEGO has grown beyond that. For instance, after the Dark Ages, LEGO started realizing, that it’s not just children that build with the bricks, but a lot of adults are too. This resulted in themes like Modular buildings and Architecture. When LEGO introduced Mindstorms back in 1998, it was meant to get children interested in programming. But it were the adults (and teens) that picked up this theme, and when they found out the limitations that the first Mindstorms software had, they quickly climbed behind their keyboards and started writing their own custom software. (Luckily LEGO learned from them, and improved the system, cooperating with the creative minds, instead of keeping everything ‘in house’).
In 2017, LEGO introduced the PoweredUp system, as a successor of the standard InfraRed (IR) + Power Functions system. It uses BlueTooth as a connection, making it much more expandable compared to the limited IR, that’s limited to 8 channels. Also, this means the system can be connected to a smartphone, tablet or PC/laptop, that has a BlueTooth connection.
By temporary exemption on the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery, and by special immunity of Section 13 of the International Confederation of Warlocks' Statute of Secrecy, the Ministery of Magic declares that the following review, entitled "Hogwarts, An (in)Complete and (un)Reliable Guide", has been found fit for viewing by any uninitiated muggle, if, and only if, they know they are not perfectly normal, and there is still a whiff of magic, left inside their heart.
What will LEGO bring us in 2019? No more Nexo Knights for sure, but will we get more Elves? More Crimes of Grindelwald and LEGO Movie II, no doubt, and new themes such as Forma, Overwatch and Toy Story. The 20th Anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. But what is "Confidential AL" and what about those Chinese sets? Is Junior now 4+? For answers to all these questions, and many more, read on...