Should you buy it? 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech

Ah Monkie Kid. When the theme was first announced I was pretty excited. I haven’t loved every original IP that LEGO has created in the last few years but I thought Monkie Kid was an interesting idea. A mix of a futuristic looking setting and an ancient Chinese fable. No augmented reality just cool looking sets. Then we heard the most feared words a LEGO consumer can hear – no general retail release. What looked like a promising new world was relegated to the discountless shelves of LEGO Stores and LEGO.com.

But in 2021 that is changing – Monkie Kid is coming to retail. So after a lengthy delay today I am looking at 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech and answering the question – should you buy it?

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Pricing and release date for the IKEA +LEGO BYGGLEK range

While most of the world got the BYGGLEK range late last year Australian’s were told that we’d have to wait until early 2021 before we could get them.

Well now we have an official release date and Australian pricing.

The range will be available from February 17th in IKEA stores around the country, and hopefully also online.

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Here are the various prices:

  1. BYGGLEK 201-piece LEGO® brick set, mixed colours, $35
  2. BYGGLEK LEGO® box with lid 35x26x12 cm, $22
  3. BYGGLEK LEGO® box with lid, white 26x18x12 cm, $20
  4. BYGGLEK LEGO® box with lid, set of 3, white, $20

LEGO Ideas Blacksmith officially unveiled

After an unintended reveal a few weeks ago, LEGO is officially ready to pull the covers of the LEGO Ideas Blacksmith.

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The LEGO Ideas Blacksmith sees a return of castle with 2164 pieces and four minifigures – including two Black Falcon knights.

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You’ll be able to pick this up for $249.99 here in Australia when it launches on February 1st.

Let me know what you think of this one.

Check out the official images and press release below.

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Help pick which classic LEGO theme will get a brand new set in 2022

Next year LEGO will turn 90 and to celebrate they are holding a fan vote on LEGO Ideas to create a new adult set in a classic theme. What does this mean exactly? Well we could be seeing an 18+ Fabuland set on shelves next year. Or maybe an 18+ classic space inspired set.

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This has the potential to be amazing for AFOLs.

There are two rounds to the vote. In the first round you will be able to allocate 3 votes across 30 classic themes. The top three themes will then compete in round 2. From there a set inspired by the winning theme will be produced.

The list of themes are:

  • Trains
  • Town
  • Classic Space
  • Classic Castle
  • Lion Knights
  • Black Falcons
  • Model Team
  • Forestmen
  • Blacktron
  • Black Knights
  • Pirates
  • Imperials
  • Space Police
  • M-Tron
  • Wolfpack
  • Paradisa
  • Dragon Knights
  • Ice Planet
  • Aquazone
  • Spyrius
  • Exploriens
  • Time Cruisers
  • Divers
  • Adventurers
  • Xtreme Team
  • Rock Raiders
  • Studios
  • Bionicle
  • Arctic
  • Alpha Team

Here’s the official details from LEGO…

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of LEGO, help us choose a classic theme to be reimagined as a single new product for the 2022 Lego Adult Portfolio. We have created a list of our 30 favorite classic LEGO themes for you to choose from.

Splitting this fan vote into two parts, you will have three votes in the first vote. You can vote a maximum of once for each theme in the first vote. This vote will be 100% transparent!

The second vote will be the top three themes from the first vote. One of the three themes will be the theme the 90th Anniversary Set will be based on. This vote will not be transparent, so it’s still a little bit of a secret.

How will this work?
We will run this fan vote of all 30 themes from today, the 17th of January 2021, to the 25th of January 2021. Then on February 3rd 2021, we will launch a second fan vote of the top three themes from this fan vote. One of these three themes will be what the 90th Anniversary Set will be based on, but we still want to know what the most popular of the final three is!

You can learn more and see the full list of themes on the LEGO Ideas blog.

Check out the new Amazon Offers page

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I have recently been playing around with the Amazon API to create a tool that will list Amazon offers and I just wanted to share the progress with you all.

Currently this is a standalone page but I will be working to integrate this better in to the main Bricking Around site.

The offers page will list items sold by Amazon Australia with a discount of over 25%.

If you’ve got any suggestions for how to improve this let me know.

You can check it out for yourself here.

Ninjago City Gardens Available From 8PM AEDT, hopefully

I have received information from LEGO that the VIP launch of Ninjago City Gardens will be going live at 8PM AEDT tonight.

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I would strongly suggest checking the page from 7:30PM AEDT tonight in case it goes live early.

You can find the product page here. [affiliate link]

Ninjago City Gardens now listed on the LEGO website

It looks like LEGO have spoiled their own surprise by putting up the product page for 71741 Ninjago City Gardens ahead of the official announcement.

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The page has a heap of images and official details. It’s honestly more information than what LEGO sent me, so I suggest checking it out for yourself.

The set should go on sale around midnight AEDT tonight.

Check it out for yourself here. [affiliate link]

LEGO and Hype collaborate for Ninjago clothing range – for adults!

LEGO continues with the trend of unexpected collaborations with this new announcement of an adult clothing range featuring LEGO Ninjago. Produced by UK clothing company Hype the range launches January 15th.

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The range includes shirts, jackets and shorts as well as accessories like bags and hats. Some of the designs are a bit out their and probably not my style but I do like some of the items. I’m just going to chuck up a huge gallery and you can make your own call on these.

You can also check out the press release below.

Some 2021 sets up on Amazon

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Just a quick heads up to let you know that a heap of 2021 sets have been added to Amazon Australia.

This link should give you all the latest ones sold by Amazon directly. [affiliate link].

As always with Amazon be aware that when a set sells out they’ll show third party sellers who may charge more than RRP. Best to stick with sets sold by Amazon.

Once some more retailers have stuff online I’ll try and do a price round-up.

Vintage Car GWP coming to LEGO Certified Stores

I know a lot of people missed out on the vintage car GWP from LEGO online so you might be interested to know that from tomorrow you’ll be able to get it from the AG LEGO Certified Stores (i.e. not Dreamworld or LLDC).

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There’s a $199 minimum spend, but with so many new releases that should be easy to hit.