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LEGO Online Store – Exclusive VIP Set

LEGO 40078 Hot Dog Stand

LEGO has just launched a new special on their online store. VIP customers who spend over $100 will receive an exclusive 40078 Hot Dog Stand set. This set appears to only be available to online customers.

The set itself looks great, with two minifigures, a bike and the hotdog stand itself.

Combining this special with the current free shipping offer for orders over $150, it could be a great way to get a something not available in stores – like the Palace Cinema or The Tower of Orthanc™

Click here to access the VIP offer. You must be signed in with your VIP account.

Brick Owl – A New LEGO Marketplace

Brick Owl

A new LEGO marketplace has just launched called Brick Owl. The site is trying to offer users all of the features that have been lacking from Bricklink such as up-front shipping costs and the ability to create a wishlist from LEGO Digital Designer files. The site also has the ability to sync data with Bricklink – a feature that will make it much easier for sellers to join the site.

I did a quick test using a LDD file and found the process to be quick and easy. There were a few parts not added, but I suspect this will improve as more data is added.  Once a wishlist has been uploaded you can purchase those parts with just a few clicks. For those readers who make MOCs, I think this feature is going to be popular. Using my sample wishlist I found one seller who had all of the parts on my wishlist. The site added them all to a cart and gave me a price and shipping estimate in Australian dollars. I am very impressed so far.

More competition for Bricklink is going to create better sites for end users, and it looks like Brick Owl could be a strong competitor indeed. There is currently not a huge number of stores, but the Bricklink syncing should ensure there will be lots of people joining up.

The site also has a few opening promotions

  • The first 100 people to sign up and start filling their Wishlist will win a free Series 10 Minifigure
  • If you create a Store, every lot listed in your store will count as one entry into a prize draw to win a 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter.
  • Any store created in the first month (before the end of July) will receive free fees until the end of the year.

Brick Owl is a new marketplace to buy and sell LEGO Parts, Minifigures and Sets. It’s been designed to be used by anybody but still have all of the advanced features that AFOLs need. Some of the features of the website include:

  • Instant checkout including instant payment via PayPal and shipping rates visible upfront while items are being added to the cart
  • Wishlist buying tool – Brick Owl will tell you which stores have your Wishlist items, how much they cost including shipping, and then let you choose which stores to buy from and add all the items to the carts at once
  • Wishlist importing from Lego Digital designer, LDraw, BrickStore
  • Advanced search including filters and tags so for example you can find all of the smiling female faces
  • Catalog Points – approved catalog changes are awarded catalog points which can be exchanged for prizes such as Keychains or a White Boba Fett
  • BrickLink synchronisation, so store inventories can be kept in sync on both websites
  • Customisable storefronts with the custom pages, colour schemes, and details about the store such as whether you sort mold variations
  • Security has been baked in from the start. The site is based on Drupal which is used by thousands of websites including the White House

We’re having some promotions to encourage people to come and take a look.

  • The first 100 people to sign up and start filling their Wishlist will win a free Series 10 Minifigure
  • For sellers, every lot listed in a store will count as one entry into a prize draw to win a 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter
  • Any store created in the first month (before the end of July) will receive free fees until the end of the year.

Brick Owl is still being developed so expect more to come soon.

Via Brickset

Ryan McNaught’s Elvis Helicopter Vandalised

Elvis

Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught, has had one of his creations damaged in Cairns. The large model of the Elvis fire-fighting helicopter was on display at Cairns Central Shopping Centre when it was pushed over by what is believed to be a group of juveniles. Police will be reviewing the CCTV footage of the incident.

Mr McNaught is in Cairns to build a model of the Daintree Rainforest.

I was lucky enough to see the Elvis model at the Sydney Brick Show this year, and it was a very impressive model. Hopefully it get’s rebuilt, and the vandals are made to walk barefoot across LEGO.

Bricking Around has reached out to Ryan McNaught for a statement, and will update if we hear back from him.

Thanks to Whirlpool user MJ 23 for alerting us to the story http://whrl.pl/RdDk4I
Details via http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/06/28/244495_local-news.html

Featured image was taken at the Sydney Brick Show 2013

Evolution of the Minifigure on Gizmodo

LEGO Minifigure 1978

Gizmodo has just posted a huge collection of minifigure photos. It’s a must read article for any LEGO fan.

Exclusive: The Evolution of the Minifig

We have worked with Lego to painstakingly collect and catalog almost every minifig ever produced into a photographic timeline. You will be able to see the evolution of the iconic figure starting with the iconic 1970s space, city and castle sets that you can see in our exclusive tour of the secret historic Lego vault. Sensory overload ahead.

Image – 1978: LEGO Mini figure is introduced. Used by permission,© 2012 The LEGO Group

Angry Minifigures: Looking beyond the media hype

Chances are that you have recently heard media reports about the increase in angry minifigures. Some of those media reports even go into the area of these changes being bad for children. Won’t somebody please think of the children!

“Lego creating more angry faces and it could harm children’s development – researcher”
- News.com.au

“Legos Study Reveals Angry Faces On Toys Could Influence Your Child’s Negative Behavior”
- Medical Daily

Unfortunately for the alarmist media, the original study has nothing to do with the impact of these figures on the development of children. I don’t think those media outlets actually took the time to read the report.

All of the alarmist articles seem to be focusing on one particular quote from the report’s author Christoph Bartneck

We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play.

Christoph Bartneck was asking a question, not answering it.

Bricking Around took the time to read the report, and looked at some of the elements that were missed by the media.

The LEGO® Movie – First Trailer

The LEGO Movie twitter account has just posted a link to the first official trailer for The LEGO Movie. Watch it below.

This looks like it is going to have the same humour as other LEGO films.

“The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Cuusoo News – Fall 2012 LEGO® Review

Curiosity

LEGO® has just released the results of the latest Cuusoo review round, and we have a new set incoming. LEGO has decided to proceed with Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover. I don’t think there is any huge surprise here – the Curiosity project was well designed and is a great fit with the LEGO brand. It also has similarities with other products produced by Cuusoo in the past (Shinkai 6500 and Hayabusa).

So what about the other projects in this review round?

UCS Sandcrawler™
 - This seems to have been rejected because LEGO won’t release a Star Wars set as part of the Cuusoo range.

Unfortunately we can’t approve this project in the LEGO Review based on our ongoing relationship and collaboration with Lucasfilm on LEGO Star Wars.

If you were thinking of starting a Star Wars Cuusoo project, it seems it might be a bit pointless. The UCS Sandcrawler was also an extremely large model, and Cuusoo seems to be sticking with smaller sets at this stage.

Thinking with Portals - Is still a possibility. I’m not sure if this is related to on-going licensing negotiations or just that LEGO isn’t sure about the viability of the potential product. Portal came out in 2007, and the sequel was 2011.

Offical blog post from LEGO

21104 Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover
It is with great pleasure we reveal that the next LEGO CUUSOO set will be theMars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, based upon the LEGO CUUSOO project by Perijove.

This project rose to popularity in late summer 2012, when the real Mars Curiosity Rover approached and landed on the planet Mars in its historic mission. The model designer, LEGO CUUSOO user Perijove is a Mechanical Engineer who worked on the actual Curiosity rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Perijove writes that he built and submitted the rover to further the educational outreach of the Mars Curiosity rover’s incredible mission, and to encourage greater public support for space exploration.

The final product is still in development. Exact pricing and availability is still being determined, so stay tuned on this blog and LEGO CUUSOO for an update on when you can buy your own LEGO rover in the coming months.

Via LEGO Cuusoo - http://blog.lego.cuusoo.com/2013/06/14/results-fall-2012-lego-review/
Image credit: Perijove http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/3431

Sydney Opera House™ Set (10234) Unveiled

10234 Sydney Opera House

What better way to celebrate the launch of a new Australian LEGO® Blog than with the unveiling of a huge new set that brilliantly captures one of our most iconic landmarks. Some people found the architecture version of the Opera House (set 21012) to be a little disappointing, but this creator expert version is substantially bigger, and better.

The Sydney Opera House is a building known for it’s curves; something that is not one of LEGO’s strengths. From the initial photos it seems designer Jamie Berard has produced a set that has all of those curves just where they should be.

10234 – Sydney Opera House™ will be available in September this year. An Australian price has not been released, but the $US RRP is $319.99.

Official LEGO® Information

The LEGO Group is set to pay homage to one of the greatest buildings of the Twentieth Century when it debuts a striking new official Sydney Opera House model on 1 September 2013.
The construction skills of LEGO fans from around the world will be put to the test as they recreate the unmistakable rooflines and complex angled walls of the Opera House using advanced building techniques and a total of 2,989 LEGO bricks.

Scaling 28cm high x 63.5cm wide x 38cm deep, this authentic representation of the Opera House will even stay true to its iconic harbour surrounds with the introduction the LEGO Group’s largest blue stud baseplate ever along with an abundance of dark tan LEGO bricks including the rare 1x1x2/3 stud and 1x2x2/3 stud slopes.

The Opera House model joins the LEGO Creator Expert product range, which has previously seen the likes of the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and Tower Bridge immortalized in LEGO bricks.

Also be sure to check out the designer video