Bricking Around newsroom in crisis as Facebook bans us

Did you know that Bricking Around is created by a team of journalists, working around the clock to bring you the latest LEGO news? Me either, but Facebook has decided that the Bricking Around Facebook page had to go as part of their response to the Australian Government’s proposed Media Bargaining Code legislation.

Pictured: Not the Bricking Around newsroom. Just a random photo I found

Pictured: Not the Bricking Around newsroom. Just a random photo I found

I am hoping that this was just a over-enthusiastic move by a rapidly written algorithm and the page will be restored soon. But if not be assured that there are other ways that you can make sure you don’t miss any Bricking Around content.

You can subscribe to emails from Bricking Around in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page on mobile. Subscribers will receive an email every time a new post goes up. If the Facebook move becomes more permanent and long term I might look in to doing a more structured weekly newsletter, but for the time being this subscribe option is a great way to not miss anything.

The Twitter page is still up and posts automatically get posted there.

It appears that Bricking Around content can still be shared by other users at this stage. This means that if you see a post that you like you can still share that yourself. For example you could post this article on your personal feed. You could even tag your grandmother! You can also share posts in Facebook Groups that you are part of.

Full Vidiyo product range revealed – Including Australian pricing

Were you intrigued by the LEGO Vidiyo announcement and wanted to know more about the weirdest new theme of 2021? Well LEGO have now revealed the actual products that will make up the theme and they are crazy. All of these products will be released on March 1st, hopefully in stores as well as online. You can check out the range for yourself here.

BeatBox range – $25.99 each

The BeatBox sets are the main part of the range. Each BeatBox set includes a minifigure, a stage and a selection of BeatBits (printed 2×2 tiles) used by the app. Everything packs up into the case for storage and display. The cases feature some interesting new parts.

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Reminder: 10295 Porsche 911 on sale tonight

Just a friendly reminder that the Creator Expert Porsche 911 goes on sale for VIPs at midnight AEDT.

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If you order it early you’ll also get the awesome VIP bonus bundle.

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Grab yours here when it goes live. [affiliate link]

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Spring Lanterns & The Ox’s butthole

80107 Spring Lantern Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture in a set that is beautiful and a great build. It also features a light brick placed inside an Ox statue in such a way that the button becomes the Ox’s butthole.

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Now, I’ll get in to the rest of the set (spoilers – it’s great) but I really want to start with the butthole. Mostly because I’m immature.

Let’s take a minute and think about the internal approval processes the designer of this set – Justin Ramsden – probably had to go through. At each stage I wonder, did they miss the butthole? Were they all in on it?
Look at this!

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Lately I have been trying to frame my reviews around the question “should you buy it?” and the answer here is yes. You should buy it. Why? Because the butthole light brick is genius. Genius deserves to be rewarded.

Alright, I’m guessing you probably also want to know about the rest of the set?

On Sale: 50% off Monkie Kid at Toys R Us

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Did you miss out on the Monkie Kid 50% off sale at Target at the start of the year? Well fear not because Toys R Us is here to offer super cheap prices on the range too.

8 of the Monkie Kid sets are all listed at half their normal RRP. Unfortunately the line-up doesn’t include the Monkey King Warrior Mech set.

You can find all of the discounted sets here.

I suspect that this is a clearance sale so prices will hopefully last while stock is available.

On Sale: Disney, Dots and Duplo 20% off at Target

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It appears the letter of the day at Target is D, with a new sale featuring the delightful trio of Dots, Duplo and Disney all reduced. This also includes the Mickey and Minnie buildable characters set (but not the Disney art set).

You’ll be able to get 20% off sets from these themes until February 17th.

Here are some links to everything on offer: Dots, Duplo, Disney Princess, Disney Frozen, Mickey & Minnie

There’s no specific mention of this being an online only sale so you should be able to find these prices in-store too.

On Sale: 20% off at Big W Online

Big W are having a limited time flash sale with a range of offers. The one that I think will interest you is 20% off toys.

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It looks like not all LEGO is having the discount applied but there should be lots that is included. It seems the newer stuff is what’s not getting the discount.

The offer runs today and tomorrow (Feb 9 & 10) only.

You can check out Big W’s LEGO range here.

The latest LEGO Ideas review results – 34 rejected, 1 successful

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in and it’s bad news for almost all of the fan creators.

This was a record breaking review results with 35 projects up for consideration. With so many potential sets I think a lot of people were expecting a couple of approved, but the end result was just one…

Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night

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A huge congratulations to Truman Cheng as his Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night recreation has been selected as one of the next LEGO Ideas sets. Truman’s fan concept of one of the most famous paintings and painters illustrates a whole new way to think about LEGO art, which is truly remarkable.

34 projects rejected

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Unfortunately there are 34 projects that didn’t make the cut. There are certainly some in that 34 that would have made a great set and some that I don’t think really had a chance.

Bonus surprise announcement… Sonic Green Hill Zone approved

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This one was still under review from last round but LEGO have now officially approved this project. That’s right, Sonic will be back in LEGO form in the future.

What do you think of the overall results? You can read more about the review on the LEGO Ideas blog.

The 90th Anniversary Set “Top 3” vote will have 4 options

The LEGO Ideas team have tonight announced the top 3 themes from the first round of voting for the 90th Anniversary Set.

That top 3 is… Bionicle, Classic Space and Pirates.

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However LEGO have admitted that they stuffed up by splitting the castle vote across so many sub-themes and to make things right they are adding Castle as a forth entry to the top 3 vote.

Which theme will take out the most votes? We’ll never know because this second round is secret with LEGO just picking the winner.

You can read more about the announcement, including round 1 numbers, on the LEGO Ideas blog.

Trying on a LEGO Ninjago x Hype t-shirt

Back in November 2020 LEGO sent me an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a range of LEGO clothing for adults. It sounded like an interesting new range and I excitedly agreed. I was not expecting the LEGO Ninjago x Hype collaboration. A theme I don’t really follow combined with a UK streetwear brand clearly not well suited to overweight guys from Brisbane in their 30s. This is going to be something.

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