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LEGO Minifigures Series 12 revealed

From Brick Fanatics, this is the first image of the minifigures Series 12 from LEGO.lego minifigures series 12

I don’t really know what to think about this series. Of course, the panda guy is awesome. The 3 zombies are a great addition for all of us who are looking for a zombie outbreak scene. I missed the first Mexican guy, so that is a nice one for me. William Shakespeare will fit with the actor.¬†Abraham Lincoln is great for his beard. But I’m not into the rest… We have plenty of cops in the City boxes, just as the construction workers. Actually, their asset is the phones ūüôā

Actually, this is the opinion everyone will have seeing this series. If you are a LEGO fan, you may really love this series as most of the figures comes from the LEGO Movie.

What do you think about Series 12 ?

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Your Halloween inspiration

Witch hat cupcakeIn 10 days from now, you’ll have to be ready for the rise of little monsters. No, Lady Gaga is not coming to your place, but the your young neighbors will be on their cookies hunt for the night of Halloween.

Halloween is a good time for a good feast, party or just hanging up with friends and mocking scary monsters. So you may want to decorate your place like the Addams Family house, prepare the scariest dishes ever, get the best costume.

To find some inspiration and organize my ideas, I find Pinterest to be the best place. I can gather the images I found on the web, share them and look at what other have found.

Let me share with you the trends I found this year.

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The Hobbit, promotional.

The Desolation of Smaug, Second trailer

We’ve been waiting for a second trailer and here it is. So lets watch those 2 minutes and 30 seconds of new footage.

Yeah, even if he is here, we see less of Legolas this time.

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October mini build at the Lego Store

If you had to choose a theme for the month of October, which one should it be ? Yes, of course,¬†Halloween ! So, this month’s minibuild at the LEGO Store was a nice green witch.

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The Witch (D.Stankovski

This is a 22 pieces build, and another big scale model.

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Disneyland Paris LEGO Store opening delayed

For the latest information about the LEGO Store opening in Disneyland Village, see my December mini build post.

Several days ago, I reported the opening date of the next LEGO Store near Paris. That event was announced on the September’s LEGO newsletter. It is very exciting as this is supposed to be the biggest LEGO Store near Paris with a huge Showroom, near the greatest happiness and dream factory in the world.

Unfortunately, that opening is delayed due to an accident on the site.

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IPhone 5 Crocs Edition

After each Apple’s keynote, it is the time to criticize the new products. Not innovating enough, not powerful enough, still the same… From several years, Apple is criticized for its apparent immobility which can give us some nice videos like this one.

But this year, Apple changed one design, and there is one inspiration which is obvious. This is about the iPhone 5C. If you think that the C stands for Color, you are all wrong. The C is for iPhone 5 Crocs Edition…

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Parsing RSS feed from an Android device

When it comes to RSS feed parsing, any Java developer will use the org.xml.sax library. But Android provides a nice wrapper that simplifies the code without sacrificing the performances. This wrapper is present since API level 1 and is the easiest way to write a simple parser for any XML.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to parse a RSS feed using the android.sax package. I’ll use Geek Garage’s feed. As any XML parsing, using the android.sax package, you can ignore the elements you don’t need, so, I’ll only collect some of the items.

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September mini build at the LEGO Store

In September, at the LEGO Store, we could have had expected something on the back to school theme. No, LEGO is extending our holidays. First with the mini build, then with the free gift. This month, the mini build is a nice pirate with a fancy hat and a peg leg.

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The Pirate (D.Stankovski)

This is a 44 pieces build, and this is the second big scale model of the year. But there is a better reason to go to the LEGO Store this month…

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September 27th. The store will occupy 500m2 in the Disneyland Village. The inauguration will occur from October 3 to October 6. More information will come later.

Disneyland Paris is 40 km east of Paris and you can go there by train (RER A). Levallois-Perret is closer, but if you come to Paris, I guess that you have more chances to go to Disneyland rather than Levallois…

Updates: unfortunately, the LEGO Store opening was delayed. The latest information about the opening is in the December mini build post.

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