Xtra Xmas Accessories: Cute, A Little Bit Hemisphere-ist

LEGO Xtra is a bit of a dark horse of a LEGO theme – your first instinct might be to view the theme only as something to buy to reach a free shipping or GWP threshold but there are actually some interesting combination of parts available in these cheap polybags.

For 2019 LEGO have released a new Christmas themed Xtra set in 40368. Here in Australia the set will set you back $6.99. For that you get 32 elements. Unfortunately, as of now you can only find this at the LEGO Certified Stores around the country.

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The set comprises of single elements as well as a few mini-builds.

The single elements include two gold fences, a 6 point ice crystal star thing, beanie, snow shoes, bag, Christmas tree and Husky dog. There is also a white leaf element that doesn’t really count as a build because the instructions just say to add two studs on top.

The mini builds that are included are a cute snowman, candy cane pole with wreath and two presents.

Overall I think it’s a good mix for adding extra detail to your Christmas builds. Which I guess is the point.

As is common with pretty much every Christmas related toy this set is very focused on the whole Northern Hemisphere “white Christmas” thing. The closest I’ve ever seen to a snowman at Christmas is when you buy two bags of ice from the servo and you put one on top of the other.

If you are planning an Australian Christmas MOC there’s probably not going to be much use for snow shoes, a beanie or snowy foliage. Maybe that’s why it’s not available in the Australian online store?

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If you are open to a bit of Northern Hemisphere cultural appropriation in your LEGO Christmas then I’d suggest this is a good buy. Assuming you can find it.

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LEGO And Top Gear Join Forces For A Technic Rally Car

LEGO have today revealed the outcome of a collaboration between themselves and the long running BBC car show Top Gear.

Introducing 42109 Top Gear Rally Car

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This set isn’t going to win any beauty pageants but the really interesting stuff happens inside as this is a fully app controlled set. The rally car comes complete with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub.

No Australian price was included in the press release but the product page should be live soon. The set will be available December 26th.

Check out additional images and the full press release below.

On Sale: Spend & Save At Big W

Big W are doing another spend and save sale, where your total discount depends on how much you spend.

This appears to be an online only sale as you need to enter one of the specific codes.

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The codes are:

  • YOUSAVE10 – Save $10 when you spend $100
  • YOUSAVE20 – Save $20 when you spend $150
  • YOUSAVE25 – Save $25 when you spend $200

The offer ends November 20th.

You can find Big W’s LEGO range here.

On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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David Jones is joining in the Click Frenzy sales with a pretty standard offer for them – 20% off with no exclusions.

This probably isn’t as good as the Big W discount for most regular sets but David Jones does have exclusives that you won’t find everywhere, like the Ideas Treehouse.

As usual for David Jones you won’t see the discount until an item is in your cart.

The sale ends 11:59 PM AEDT on November 13th.

You can find David Jones’ LEGO range here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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If you don’t already have an alarm set for tomorrow morning you might want to do so now. As part of Click Frenzy’s online event Big W will be offering 20% off LEGO from 7am AEDT tomorrow morning.

The sale runs from November 12th to November 13th (Midnight AEDT).

You can find Big W’s Click Frenzy landing page here.

This is an online only offer.

On Sale: 11% Off At eBay

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Today is “Single’s Day” a made up holiday designed seemingly just to sell stuff (kind of like most holidays). What they don’t tell you though is that Single’s Day is poorly regulated/enforced and you can take advantage of the deals even if you aren’t single. They never check!

To get in on the Single’s Day action eBay is offering 11% off a range of items. I think it’s site-wide but it doesn’t really say that clearly.

To get your discount you’ll need to spend over $120 and enter the code PINCH11 at checkout.

This offer is likely to be for today only.

You can find eBay’s LEGO portal here. [affiliate link]

On Sale: 20% Off City & Friends At Target

Target has a new catalogue out with discounts on two of LEGO’s biggest sellers – City and Friends.

You’ll get 20% off all sets across those two themes. With Target’s regular pricing being a little below these prices actually work out a bit below 20% off for most sets.

The LEGO City sets can be found here, and the Friends range here.

They are also offering $50 off the price of the new Millennium Falcon 75257.

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These offers end November 27th.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer

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It’s another super weekend at Myer.

On offer once again is 20% off LEGO with the usual exclusions (Creator Expert, Ideas and Hogwarts Castle).

You can check out Myer’s LEGO range here. [affiliate link]

This offer ends at 11:59 PM AEDT on Sunday (November 10th).

While this offer might not be the best one added incentive is that Myer is giving away a trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia. To go in the draw you need to spend over $75 on LEGO. More details here.

LEGO Announces 76139 1989 Batmobile

Thirty years ago Micheal Keaton pulled on the cowl for Tim Burton’s Batman. A gritty imagining of the character before gritty reboots were cool. Today, LEGO celebrates the 30th anniversary with a fantastic new set…

Introducing 76139 1989 Batmobile

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This “UCS” style set features 3306 pieces and 3 minifigures: Batman – with moulded cape & cowl, Joker and Vicki Vale.

The iconic Batmobile is fantastically recreated in a model packed with details.

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The set will cost $399.99 here in Australia when it’s released on November 29th.

Read on for more images and the full press release.

LEGO Announces 2020 Chinese New Year Sets

The 2019 Chinese New Year sets caused a huge frenzy. The cause for this was obvious – they were initially really hard to get hold of and they also happened to look amazing.

Today LEGO has announced two new Chinese New Year sets for 2020 and once again they are brilliant.

80104 Lion Dance

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The Lion Dance set vividly reproduces a well-loved scene of the Spring Festival and is sure to evoke fond memories of the traditional festival. The set features 5 beautifully decorated small lion figurines and a percussionists’ stage with an awesome drumming function. An accompanying temple gate is decorated with LEGO tiles featuring traditional patterns. The set also comes complete with 8 minifigures including lion dancers and a man in rat costume to mark the Year of the Rat. Additional accessory elements such as the red ‘best wishes’ scroll, red orb, cabbage, calligraphy brush and a rocket firework are included to inspire unlimited role-play.

80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair

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The Chinese New Year Temple Fair set captures a beloved event often seen in towns and cities throughout China around the lunar new year. The set includes stalls displaying a vast, colourful array of LEGO versions of authentic items you would find at a Temple Fair. Everything from barbecue dishes to candy, toys, vases and dough figurines are lovingly re-created ion LEGO form. The set also includes 14 minifigures. Eagle-eyed LEGO fans will notice that the family from last year’s Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner set make an appearance, continuing the story of their Spring Festival celebrations.

I am pretty impressed with both sets. They will be available in Australia on December 26th. The press release mentions an Australian price of $99.99 but I don’t know which of the two sets that applies to (maybe both?). Once I know more I’ll update the article.

Who’s excited?