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10907 World Animals is a world of fun (and animals)

Today I am taking some time to embrace my inner toddler as I check out the big new Duplo set 10907 World Animals.

As the name suggest World Animals is a trip around the world exploring the animals found in each region. It’s a concept that LEGO has done in the past and in theory it’s a great way to teach kids about the world and animals.

For each part of the set I’ll be looking at two factors that are very important when it comes to a Duplo set and impressing a toddler: Cuteness and Coolness.

Australia

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Let’s kick things off with something close to home – the Australian section. The set description refers to this area as “a tropical beach” but I’m claiming it as North Queensland. It comes with Nemo – it’s got to be here.

This section of the set features a really nice sandcastle build with a flag. I have a son who practically lives in his sandpit so this part was a hit with him. There is also a palm tree and a really great van.

The animals included are a clownfish (that blows bubbles underwater) and a toucan. Toucans are from South and Central American rainforests but I think this is just the most interesting bird mold they had available. It’s still cute.

There are two figures associated with this area – a father and daughter wearing nice blue and yellow wetsuits.

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The set comes with Nemo – that is both cool and cute. The sandcastle is really cool. The van is really cool too. The dad and little girl are wearing matching wetsuits and that is cute.

LEGO Drops Disney Train Price By $50

Lots if people said the Disney Train and Station was overpriced. I guess LEGO agrees as they’ve dropped the price by $50.

That’s right if you are a VIP you can get the set for $499 now.

Still expensive but less so now.

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You can find the set on LEGO.com here. If you purchased one yesterday I’d suggest calling customer service.

Disney Train And Station Now Available For VIPs

I know there was plenty of discussion about the price but if you are looking to get 71044 Disney Train and Station now is your chance as the set is available for VIPs.

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You can find the set on LEGO.com here.

Hoarding Up At Doncaster LEGO Store

We’ve known for a while that a LEGO Certified Store was coming to Melbourne but now we have photographic evidence that work is in progress.

This shot of the hoarding up at Doncaster comes from Bricking Around reader Alvin.

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Those of you familiar with Doncaster, the store will be located on Level 1, near the Apple Store.

No details on an opening date yet but it can’t be that far off.

If you spot something similar in Brisbane or the Gold Coast let me know!

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer’s eBay Store

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The Myer eBay store is having a surprise 20% off sale!

To get your discount you’ll need to enter the code PMYERAUG at checkout. There is a maximum discount of $500 per transaction. The offer ends August 26th.

Most importantly this should stack with the Star Wars 20% off. Can anybody say cheap Falcon?

View the Myer eBay range here.

On Sale: 20% Off Star Wars At Myer

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Another Father’s Day related offer, this time from Myer.

Dads love Star Wars right? Good – because that is all that you are getting from Myer this year.

From today (August 20th) until September 1st you can get 20% off LEGO Star Wars products.

You can check out the range for yourself here.

This offer should be online and in-store.

On Sale: 20% Off At Selected eBay Stores

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Just in time for some Father’s Day shopping we have a new offer from eBay.

It’s not the most extensive offering but there are at least some LEGO sets on sale.

To get the discount you’ll need to go to one of the included sellers and enter the code PAPA20 at checkout.

The sale starts today (August 19th) and runs until August 30th.

There’s a maximum discount of $300 per transaction. Multiple items may be purchased in up to five transactions (up to a maximum of 10 items per transaction).

Here are the stores with LEGO:

Alceon Looking For LEGO Store Staff

Are you looking for a job in retail and love LEGO? Well I’ve got some great news for you – Alceon, the company behind the new LEGO Certified Stores, are looking for staff at a range of locations.

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The job offer extends from casual retail staff to store managers.

Here’s the locations with a link to the specific job posting:

LEGO Announces 71044 Disney Train and Station

I’ve heard rumours floating around for a while about an up-coming Disney Train set but I certainly wasn’t expecting what we get with 71044 Disney Train and Station.

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Here’s the official details…

The set features 2925 pieces and 5 exclusive minifigures.

The train is motorised with new Powered Up elements, allowing you to control it with your smart device. As you would expect an oval of track is included.

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You also get an impressive looking station. The station is a huge surprise to me and I think they have packed in a lot of details both externally and internally.

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The 5 exclusive minifigures are Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale and (finally) Goofy. Each minifigure has a design not found in other sets or the CMF series.

Here’s the bad news though – the official Australian RRP for this $549.99. The combo of Disney and Powered Up elements combining for a big hit to your wallet. VIP release is August 21st.

You can check out the additional images and official set description below.

On Sale: 25% Off At David Jones

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Just as the Big W 20% off sale ends, we get a new offer worth checking out.

From today (August 12th) until August 18th David Jones are offering 25% off all full priced toys – which as you may have already guessed includes all their LEGO.

That’s what I love about David Jones, they’ll discount everything without discretion.

As always with a David Jones sale you won’t see the discount until you add an item to your bag.

You can find their LEGO range here.