So your kid won’t shut up about LEGO Mario – The parents’ guide to the LEGO Mario Expansions

Christmas is fast approaching and somehow your kid has learned about the existence of LEGO Mario. Now they will stop at nothing to get LEGO Mario. Perhaps you got the starter set and thought that would be enough, but you were wrong. Now your kid won’t shut up about LEGO Mario and getting all of the expansion sets.

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If you were to go out and get all of the expansion sets at RRP then you are going to be up for $871.75 (including all 10 different character packs). That may be an option for some people but I know that it’s not realistic for everybody.

Thanks to LEGO I’ve had a chance to get hands on with all of the expansion sets, so I am here to tell you what’s good, what’s bad and the type of kid that each set is going to appeal to. Hopefully in the process I can save you some money and provide a bit of sanity.

Firstly, if you haven’t already got it you will need the starter course set. This is the only way to get the LEGO Mario figure. If you shop around you can pick this up for $79 or less rather than the $89.99 RRP. This is your cover charge to get in on the world of LEGO Mario. I have done a separate post about just that set that you can find here.

For each set I will examine how it will appear to 3 different types of kids:

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The cuteness connoisseur – These are the kids that only care about one thing; that the sets are cute. They don’t care as much about how many coins you get or specific play features.

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The action kid – These are the kids that love the things that they can slam around, stuff that sends pieces flying across your table.

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The coin collector – The kids who want the highest score possible. The ones who will tweak their layouts to get every possible coin from each run.

Let’s dig in to each of the expansion sets, starting with the cheapest and finishing with the big ticket items.

On Sale: 20% off at Myer

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It’s time for another Super Weekend at Myer. They like to mix up the offers but this one is a nice simple 20% off. With exclusions of course – it is Myer we are talking about.

From today (October 16th) until October 18th you can get 20% off all LEGO except for Art, Creator Expert, Ideas, Super Mario, 71043 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, 76139 Batmobile and 42115 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37.

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

Thanks to those who reminded me about this one.

Mindstorms Robot Inventor now available

Do you want to build a robot?

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Update

It looks like Kmart has this for just $449. That’s a way better price! Thanks to Matt for the info.

The latest Mindstorms robotic kit 51515 Robot Inventor is now available to purchase from LEGO Online.

The product is not cheap at $549.99 but that does get you a lot of different sensors and motors.

Get yours here for $549.99. [affiliate link]

Have you got some awesome robotics projects lined up? Let me know what cool stuff you’ve got planned with this kit.

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eBay Plus 1 Hour Sale – 20% off from 8pm to 9pm tonight

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In an attempt to distract you from Amazon Prime Day, eBay are launching a special one hour only sale for eBay Plus members with 20% off a huge range of items.

I am not sure how great the LEGO offers will be but it’s certainly going to be worth checking out. It’s such a limited time sale you won’t want to stuff around.

You’ll need the code PLUSFLASH at checkout.

Head over to eBay here to check out the deals. [affiliate link]

Amazon Prime Day kicks off now

Amazon Prime Day has officially started! The two day event sees Amazon offer a range of discounts today and tomorrow (October 13 & 14).

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In years past there have been some great LEGO deals so check back regularly throughout the day. I’ll do what I can to update this post and Facebook with any awesome deals that pop up.

If you are going to take part in Prime Day please consider going via a Bricking Around affiliate link like this one. Affiliate links mean that a percentage of your order helps support Bricking Around at no cost to you.

Here are the initial offers

Save up to 25% off Star Wars.

Save up to 25% off RRP on Lego City, Creator and Architecture.

This link should show all LEGO Prime Day deals

DAY 2 OFFERS

Save up to 25% off Technic and Cars

Save up to 25% off RRP on LEGO Duplo, DOTS and Friends

Should you buy it? 75979 Hedwig

After my first taste of the world of Harry Potter with Diagon Alley I am back with my second Wizardy set review.  As part of my latest order from LEGO I decided to add in 75979 Hedwig simply because it seemed to be really popular. It’s also pretty cool looking.

In the opinion of somebody who doesn’t know his butterbeer from his Buckbeak, should you buy it?

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LEGO Certified Store coming to South Australia

Despite the fact that some South Australians insist on pronouncing LEGO weirdly (Lay-go? What?) Alceon have decided that Westfield Marion will be the location of the next LEGO Certified store.

Opening some time “in the coming weeks” the store will be the first in South Australia.

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While this is great news for our South Australian readers hopefully it’s a sign that more stores may start opening in other areas like Perth and Canberra.

Check out the official press release below, and if any South Australian readers spot hoardings up at Westfield Marion send me through a pic!

On Sale: 20% Off 2 or more at Myer

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I missed this one earlier today when it started but I’m here now to let you know about the latest offer from Myer.

From today (October 8th) until October 11th you can get 20% off when you buy two or more toys. You don’t have to get two LEGO sets but why would you get anything else?

There are of course some exclusions: Art, Creator Expert, Ideas, Super Mario, 51515 Mindstorms, 71043 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, 76139 Batmobile and 42115 Lamborghini Sian Fkp 37.

If those exclusions haven’t put you off head here and check out the range. [affiliate link]

Thanks to everybody who reminded me about this one.

Double VIP Points from October 8-20

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People who have been LEGO fans for a few years won’t be shocked to learn that LEGO is once again doing a Double VIP point period in October. It really has become something of an annual tradition.

This year the Double VIP period runs from October 8th until October 20th. Which means it ends just before the VIP release of the Batwing, weird.

I’m not sure exactly what you are going to buy to earn your double VIP points as most of the popular exclusives are out of stock again/still. If you do find something worth getting let me know.

Head over to LEGO.com now to start shopping [Affiliate link].

Celebrate Spring in Australia with 40424 Snowball Fight

As we all know, LEGO is based out of Denmark. A country that is in the Northern Hemisphere. As such, a lot of their releases don’t make a lot of sense seasonally here in Australia.

Allow me to introduce you to 40424 Snowball Fight. A set that I built on a 28 degree day here in Brisbane.

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