On Sale: 25% Off At David Jones

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There’s a Click Frenzy sale on today, and David Jones are getting involved with a great offer.

For today and tomorrow only (May 21 & 22) you can get 25% off all toys, including LEGO. This is online only.

25% off is a great discount and the lack of exclusions is a bonus.

You can find David Jones LEGO range here.

Interview: LEGO Masters’ Bilsy

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Now that LEGO Masters is wrapped up for the year I wanted to have a chat to some of the contestants. I’ve sent a few questions off to Henry and Cade but Bilsy happens to be a long time Bricking Around reader (I’ve got it in writing that he owes me a drink for saving him money on LEGO). I had a chat to him about his time on the show. Including what it was like to work with his polarising partner Kale.

Let’s talk briefly about the journey to get on the show. You didn’t initially audition with Kale. What’s the story there?

I initially auditioned with a good friend from Queensland. We made it through but soon realised that filming took place the same time as his partner was expecting a baby. So we had to decline as a team, I then got a phone call a few days later telling me I would suit someone in Melbourne and am I interested. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m not throwing it away so I accepted.

There were a lot of moments in the show where you seemed to say “this is a bad idea”, but never actually managed to break through and be heard. Was there any particular instances where Kale did step back and say “I like your idea” or “you are right”?

There were many times Kale took the lead and didn’t listen. To his credit he wanted all my ideas at the start of every build. He wanted to know what I was thinking, what story did I have that could work. Just happens my stories were never loving enough, or didn’t tell a greater story than what you saw. Although he did let me pick what movie (Titanic) we designed.

Of the challenges on the show were there any where you felt you had a winning idea that you didn’t get to do, and if so can you share an example?

From the 1st one. Mega cities, I knew we didn’t need to go higher. Brickman told us a few times do not go higher go more creative. But Kale took that as a challenge and the rest is history. And with the last dinosaur build, from the second I saw it grow I knew that was our end. I mean we could have turned it into a Dino shaped volcano or something. But adding non genuine articles (pizza, bottle etc) I tried to remove and they turned back up. If we stuck to scale we would have crept through.

A lot of people say that reality TV is very good at editing people to tell a story, do you feel that your story got told well? Anything that wasn’t shown that you wish had been?

What you see is how it happened. I feel I came across the same as I felt I was on set. I mean there’s so many one liners, smart-ass calls and comments that haven’t been shown. But other than that nothing was scripted. We weren’t coached or guided in any way – I was very impressed. I wish they had shown more of me building if I had to find a complaint.

You were obviously there with Kale for every day of filming. Was the way he was shown accurate and fair, in your opinion?

Yep we spent pretty much every day together. I don’t build at a level Kale does, and this made him angry and stressed. And that’s what you’re seeing – a stressed and angry Kale. I mean that’s how he was, towards me and everyone else. Very blunt and full of confidence, but he was given a partner he didn’t expect and I guess the stress of it all got to him.

I have to ask, what is your relationship with Kale like now? Have you spoken since the show.

I’ve reached out to him a few times, to see how he is etc. He’s obviously angry how he is portrayed and I think blames me. But it is what it is and no I don’t think there will be shared drinks anytime soon.

Which of the final builds got your vote?

I loved Dave and G’s Pirate Ship but I absolutely loved the technical skill of Poseidon. Kale and I had to vote as a team not one each. Our vote eventually went to Dave and G.

What’s your LEGO dream? Do you want to one day become a designer for example.

My LEGO dream would be a tester. I love designing and I love creating, but how much cooler would it be to be the one who tests the playability. Tests the strengths and swooshability of the finished products. From here I will build MOCs and sets on YouTube and Twitch and see where that takes me. The support I’ve received on social media has blown me away!

A huge thanks to Bilsy for taking time to answer questions.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Target

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Finally! After what seems like a lifetime without any cheap LEGO, Target are here to help with a new catalogue.

This sale isn’t particularly amazing, but with nothing else on it’s worth a look. There’s the Toy Story 4 sets and two of the Avengers: Endgame sets reduced.

The catalogue runs from May 16th to May 29th.

You can check it out for yourself here or see the list of sets below.

 

 
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Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
10894Toy Story TrainDuplo$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
10766Woody & RCToy Story 4$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
10767Duke Caboom's Stunt ShowToy Story 4$30.00$39.99$9.9925%
10768Buzz & Bo Peep's Playground AdventureToy Story 4$30.00$39.99$9.9925%
10769Toy Story 4 RV VacationToy Story 4$49.00$59.99$10.9918%
10770Buzz & Woody's Carnival Mania!Toy Story 4$59.00$79.99$20.9926%
76125Iron Man Hall of ArmorMarvel Super Heroes$69.00$89.99$20.9923%
76126Avengers Ultimate QuinjetMarvel Super Heroes$99.00$139.99$40.9929%

LEGO Announces 75810 Stranger Things: The Upside Down

When the rumours of this one first surfaced, I immediately dismissed them as something that was never going to happen. I guess I was wrong…

Here’s the official details of 75810 Stranger Things: The Upside Down

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Based on the outstanding 80s themed Netflix show The Upside Down features 2,287 pieces and 8 minifigures. Australian RRP is set at $349.99.

It should be available now from shop.LEGO.com/strangerthings

I’ll have a full review of this set soon (I haven’t had time to finish building it yet) but in the meantime enjoy the official pictures and press release.

Happy Mother’s Day

I know there are plenty of AFOL Mums out there in the world, so I just wanted to wish every single one of you a Happy Mother’s Day.

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I hope you all got spoiled not only with LEGO but also time to build it.

The Case of The Burger Bar Fire

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The incident

In the early hours of January 1st 2019 the LEGO City Fire Department received a call from Burger Bar owner Curtis Brick – the iconic Burger Bar burger sign was alight.

11 minutes later the LCFD was on the scene. Fire fighter Faye Ires from Riverside Fire Station was dispatched in engine 4, while her partner Sam Maguire travelled by motorbike to the scene for some reason.

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Engine 4 is the newest truck at Riverside Fire Station. It is equipped with one of the highest powered water cannons on a small factor truck.

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Meanwhile the Fire Motorbike appears hopelessly ill equipped to deal with fighting fires.

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Ms Ires recalls this as a particularly easy fire to put out.

“Engine 4 has an extending arm to position the water canon. We were able to get quite close to the sign. While the fire looked bad there wasn’t a huge fuel load so it was extinguished fairly easily. It was a fire that looked impressive but wasn’t really that bad from a technical point of view.”

While Ms Ires tackled the sign fire Mr Maguire put on his SCBA to deal with a secondary fire.

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New Polybag Range Showing Up At Woolworths Stores

The 2019 Polybag collection has been spotted at several Woolworth stores around the country.

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In total there are 5 different options.

  • 30363 Race Boat (City)
  • 30408 Tulips (Friends)
  • 30529 Mini Master-Building Emmet (The LEGO Movie 2)
  • 30533 Sam-X (Ninjago)
  • 30572 Race Car (Creator)

Each polybag will set you back $6. Hopefully your local Woolies got some in.

A huge thanks to Jennifer for the great picture.

On Sale: 10% Off At eBay, Kind of

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eBay has a new sale on that kind of equates to 10% off, if you spend the right amount.

The way the sale works is that you get $20 off if you spend $200, $50 off if you spend $500 or $100 off if you spend $1000.

This means that if you are between those thresholds you aren’t going to get the best deal.

To take advantage of this offer you’ll need to enter the code PSAVEME at checkout.

This offer ends May 12th.

View the Australian eBay LEGO portal here.

BOOST Droid Commander – Boost Meets LEGO Star Wars

What better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than with a LEGO Star Wars announcement completely out of left field – Boost Droid Commander.

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This $359.99 set includes three boost components – a color & distance sensor, interactive motor and Move Hub – as well as 1177 pieces. Those LEGO pieces are used to construct three Droid models. There is of course R2-D2, a Mouse Droid and a Gonk Droid.

You will be able to build all three models at the same time but you will only be able to use the Boost components in one model at a time. If you already have the boost set then you may be able to use this to have two droids.

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To accompany the set LEGO will be releasing a new dedicated LEGO Star Wars Boost app. The app will feature a range of missions you can program for your droid, as well as official sounds.

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Overall I think the models look really good and it’s interesting to see Boost added to a licensed theme for the first time. At $359.99 this isn’t cheap but if you’ve been on the fence about Boost you may find this more interesting than the standard Boost set.

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The set will be officially released on September 1st.

Check out the press release below for more details. A new site for the set should be live soon at https://www.lego.com/starwars-droidcommander

LEGO Star Wars Offers Now Live – Including The Tantive IV

Star Wars Day isn’t until tomorrow but the Australian online store is getting in early with a range of Star Wars offers.

Tantive IV VIP Release

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Free Battle of Hoth set

Spend over $199 on Star Wars and get this awesome looking promotional set.

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Free Star Wars Prints

VIPs who spend over $60 will also get this great LEGO Star Wars art print, with some great photos.

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Double VIP Points

You’ll also get double VIP points on all LEGO Star Wars purchases.

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Overall this is a great time to pick up the Tantive IV or any of the Star Wars sets over $199.

You can find the details of the offers here.