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Australian Price For 75060 UCS Slave I

75060 UCS Slave I Price

As pointed out by Al in the comments of our last Slave I article, the Australian price for 75060 has been released.

According to the Australian online LEGO store the local price is $299.99

That is actually better than some people were expecting. After factoring in exchange rates and tax, the converted US price is $249.89. This means that Australian’s are paying a modest 20% markup; which is quite low for a licensed set.

Hopefully this set will show up in retail stores next year.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 6: Star Wars

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

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In this post we are going to look at the Star Wars range for 2015.

Star Wars

Unfortunately Star Wars Episode VII isn’t scheduled for release until December 2015, so it is too early for sets based on the film. What we do have so far is a collection of sets from the existing parts of the Star Wars universe, including more from the new Rebels cartoon. There is also a second series of Microfighters sets.

75073 Vulture Droid

75073 Vulture Droid
75074 Snowspeeder

75074 Snowspeeder
75075 AT-AT

75075 AT-AT
75076 Republic Gunship

75076 Republic Gunship
75077 Homing Spider Droid

75077 Homing Spider Droid
75078 Imperial Troop Transport

75078 Imperial Troop Transport
75079 Shadow Troopers

75079 Shadow Troopers
75080 AAT

75080 AAT
75081 T-16 Skyhopper

75081 T-16 Skyhopper
75082 TIE Advanced Prototype

75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
75083 AT-DP

75083 AT-DP
75084 Wookiee Gunship

75084 Wookiee Gunship
75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier

75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier
75088 Senate Commando Troopers

75088 Senate Commando Troopers
75089 Geonosis Troopers

75089 Geonosis Troopers
75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

75090 Ezras Speeder Bike

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

Upper Hunter Brick Show – November 2nd

We are always interesting in hearing about LEGO events, so we were quite excited to receive an email about a LEGO event taking place in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales on November 2nd.

The Upper Hunter Brick Show is being put on to help raise funds for the 2nd Muswellbrook Scout Group.

Upper Hunter Brick Show 2014

You can find out more about the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UpperHunterBrickShow or check out the event page below.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 5: Technic

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

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In this post we are going to look at the new Technic range for 2015.

Technic

The 2015 range has quite a diverse collection of subjects. There should be something here for you no matter what type of vehicle interests you.

42031 Cherry Picker

42031 Cherry Picker
42032 Compact Tracked Loader

42032 Compact Tracked Loader
42034 Quad Bike

42034 Quad Bike
42035 Mining Truck

42035 Mining Truck
42036 Street Motorcycle

42036 Street Motorcycle
42037 Formula Off-Roader

42037 Formula Off-Roader
42038 Arctic Truck

42038 Arctic Truck
42039 24 Hours Race Car

42039 24 Hours Race Car
42041 Race Truck

 42041 Race Truck

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

The St George Brick Fair 2014 – Sunday October 12

We just received a message on Facebook about an event taking place tomorrow (Sunday 12th October 2014). Here are the details.

Hurstville South Public School is excited to be hosting the The St George Brick Fair 2014 on Sunday 12 October, 2014 between 10am to 5pm.

The show will showcase amazing Lego creations from some of the best lego creators and builders in Australia. The St George Brick Fair will have on display over 1/2 million blocks built into displays that will excite both the young and… um… not so young.

Along with the displays, there will be also a Brick Play area for those who are feeling inspired and creative after viewing the exhibitions. Entry is only $5 per person and all fund raised goes to the long overdue playground redevelopment project at the Hurstville South Public School.

Introducing A New Bricking Around Feature – Current Sales Calendar

As Bricking Around continues to grow we have realised that can be a bit tricky trying to keep track of when sales start and end. You can check out the sales category to view all of the sale related articles we post but sale times vary; some are a single weekend, while others last two weeks.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple page that showed you what sales were currently on, and how soon that sale ended?

That is exactly what we have created.

Introducing the Current Sales page

As we learn about new sales they will be added to this calendar. Major retailers each have their own colour, and you can view the related article for any sale in a just a few clicks.

The current page is version one, and there may be ways that this can be improved but the best way to improve it is to make it available to our readers.

This new feature will always be easily accessible from the top navigation menu.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 4: City, Agents & Pirates

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at City, Ultra Agents and the return of Pirates.

City

LEGO City in 2015 appears to have two main areas; Swamp Police and Demolition. Some of the swamp police sets look nice, but generally we don’t have a heap of interest for police sets. The demolition sets have a lot of character – that LEGO port-a-loo is hilarious.

60067 Helicopter Pursuit

60067 Helicopter Pursuit

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 3: Friends & Elves

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at Friends and the new Elves theme. Both of these themes focus on pink and purple colours, so we thought it made sense to group them together.

Friends

After the adventures that the Friends characters went on last year, these sets seem quite tame for the most part. Lots of stereotypically ‘girly’ subjects like the hair salon. The hot air balloon is quite interesting.

41085 Animal Care Clinic

41085 Animal Care Clinic

 

BrisBricks 2014 LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

The second half of the year is always lacking in public holidays, so when they do come a long you really need to make the most of them. That is most likely why BrisBricks used the second last long weekend before Christmas to host their 2014 Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were primarily sold online, with limited tickets also available at the door. Ticketing was based on pre-determined session times to spread the crowds out. BrisBricks stuck with the same online ticketing system they have used for most of their events, and as usual there were no problems getting a ticket. I originally planned to attend the 10:30 AM session on the Sunday, but that had actually sold out before I had a chance to purchase a ticket. I instead opted for the 2:30 PM session, and I am glad I did. While still busy, I was told the morning had been packed.

As is common these days I showed up with my phone in hand and was quickly inside. Despite arriving right when my session kicked off their was no large line. I believe that long lines had formed before the first session on each day, but that is to be expected.

The Venue
This year’s event took place at the same venue as 2013 – The Chandler Arena. The comments I made last year were also true for this year; the venue is spacious, reasonably lit and much cooler inside than out in the sunny spring day.

While I arrived after lunch, there were still several food vendors offering families a variety of choices. There were lots of kids sitting outside having a drink and playing with the LEGO they had purchased.

For Sale
This year’s line-up of retailers was larger than I had seen at previous events. This is certainly something that I appreciate; having a good range of retailers means that fans have a chance to compare prices. I have been to a few events with an exclusive retailer present, and prices there seemed quite high. There was also a good variety of products on sale; common and rare sets, customised items and even bulk parts. I didn’t buy anything myself, but it was difficult to avoid the temptation.

The MOCs
Brisbane has some incredible building talent. Despite going to almost every Brisbane LEGO event I am still blown away every time. It seemed this year that the builders had gone all out to create new displays, as there was heaps I hadn’t seen before.

Here are my top picks:

  • The Friends Ski Lodge – The building was very well designed. (Images 021 – 024)
  • Huge Classic Space Display – This massive display contained a heap of great details, and who doesn’t love classic space? (Images 046 – 069)
  • Winter Village – Another well designed winter themed display. (Images 095 – 101)
  • Master Builder Meeting – This build does a great job of capturing the craziness of Cloud Cuckoo Land. (Image 161)
  • Batcave – This one didn’t turn out great in the photo due to it being quite dark, but it was a great build (Image 203)
  • Star Wars Trench Run – Such a classic scene perfectly captured in brick (Images 269 – 271)
  • Dinosaur Skeletons – These may not be as large as the other displays but they were some of my favourites. I’d love to have these on my desk. (Images 292 – 294)

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

The BrisBrick group just keeps on impressing. The 2014 event was probably their best yet, and they have set a high bar for next year. As a Brisbane LEGO fan I am incredibly spoilt to live in the same city as so many talented builders.

On Sale: 20% Off All LEGO At Target

Target 20 Percent Off October 2014

We were worried that as the School Holiday sales started to come to a close we would be left paying full price for LEGO. Luckily Target are on the case, and for two weeks they are offering a flat 20% off all LEGO sets.

The sale runs from Thursday October 9th 2014 until Wednesday October 22nd.

We always love sales that apply to the full range of LEGO sets. The series 12 minifigures will hopefully appear in stores during this sale.

There are also a few sets featured with a slightly higher discount

  • 60058 SUV with Watercraft, $20, Save $10 (33% discount)
  • 60056 Tow Truck, $20, Save $10 (33% discount)
  • 42027 Desert Racer, $23, Save $7 (23% discount)
  • 42026 Black Champion Racer, $23, Save $7 (23% discount)
  • 42022 Hot Rod, $30, Save $10 (25% discount)
  • 41034 Friends Summer Caravan, $30, Save $9 (23% discount)

You can check out the catalogue here