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Latest LEGO Online Store Deals

LEGO has kicked off August with two new offers for Australian customers.

The first offer is a Galaxy Squad polybag.

Receive a free Mini Mech once your order reaches $100
LEGO Galaxy Squad 30230

The second offer is for Friends fans.

Free Ice Cream Stand with any Friends purchase
LEGO Friends 30106

LEGO 21050 – Architecture Studio

LEGO Studio 21050

Seemingly out of nowhere this new set popped up as a Barnes & Noble exclusive in the US.

This looks like a great set for adult fans with a keen interest in architectural models. The set features 1210 pieces, and all of them are either white or transparent. Also included is plastic sorting trays.

This set really is an adult version of a classic brick bucket, designed to inspire creative building. There are no instructions, just a huge “guidebook” with tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises.

Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO® form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!

This set is not currently available on the Australian LEGO website but it is available from Barnes & Noble, who do ship to Australia. Bricking Around quickly checked, and based on the current exchange rate and a QLD address you should be able to get this set shipped to you for around $180 Australian. At around $0.149 per piece it seems a little expensive, but the set does include that huge booklet and the sorting trays.

Bricking Around will keep an eye out for an official Australian release and price.

Image and set info via http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Studio-21050 

How much is a minifigure worth?

LEGO Azog

San Diego ComicCon is always an interesting event for LEGO fans. The company always has a large presence there, and uses the event to announce new products. They also release a few exclusive items for people who attend the event, and these usually find there way to eBay at high prices. This year, something crazy is happening.

The Azog minifigure is selling on eBay for over $1500. Currently the auction is sitting at approximately AU $1,656.71 with a day still to go. The figure is limited to 100, but that just seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a single minifigure. Will the item retain it’s value in the future? There is also no way of knowing if the figure will appear in future sets. There are still 2 Hobbit movies to be released, and it is possible that a future set will contain the character. Would LEGO have really produced a new mould for 100 figures?

Of course Azog isn’t the first minifigure to shock people with it’s eBay prices. LEGO caused a lot of people to get upset by introducing Mr Gold to the series 10 minifigure collection. Bricking Around has witnessed the mess caused by this first hand – Series 10 packets spread from one end of the toy section to the other by people searching for Mr Gold.

LEGO Mr Gold

So far 1294/5000 Mr Gold figures have been found and registered online. There are undoubtedly more that have been found but went straight on eBay.

One Australian listing of Mr Gold is currently sitting at AU $640.00 with just 12 hours to go. Are those people lucky enough to find Mr Gold responsible for putting such a high price on the figure? It doesn’t seem so. This particular auction has 19 bids, and the starting price was just $0.99. It seems that the market thinks this figure is worth more than two modular buildings.

It really seems that there are two types of LEGO fans – those that love to build with LEGO, and those who like to collect it.

Bricking Around would love to know – what is the most you have ever paid for a minifigure, and what was it?

Image via http://www.fbtb.net/
Mr Gold Image via http://minifigures.lego.com/en-us/GoldenMinifigure/Default.aspx

 

Mixels – New original IP and Cartoon coming 2014

LEGO Mixels Teaser

At San Diego ComicCon LEGO released a sneak peak at an upcoming range of sets scheduled for Northern Spring 2014. The range is called Mixels, and it appears to relate directly to a new cartoon coming to the Cartoon Network.

The sets look like they will feature small brick-built characters. Some interesting parts use for the character design.

Another interesting feature is the apparent use of new pieces. These new small ball-joint elements could be extremely useful for MOCs.

LEGO Mixel New Parts

 

Australian Price for 21103 DeLorean time machine

LEGO 21103

The latest Cuusoo set 21103 The DeLorean time machine has just popped up on the LEGO online store.
The Australian price is $69.99 and it is available August 1st.

http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/The-DeLorean-time-machine-21103

The price doesn’t seem too bad considering it is a licensed set and the Australian dollar is much weaker than it has been. What do you think?

LEGO Makes Minecraft Official – Announces Two New Sets

At San Diego ComicCon LEGO has just announced that Minecraft will be making the jump from Cuusoo project to official theme. Two new sets will be released in September. There is no official word on Australian release or pricing, but expect them to be in line with the original Minecraft set and available online.

The first of the new sets is The Village. This set features a villager micromob, a zombie and a cute pig.

LEGO Minecraft Village

The second set is The Nether including a portal, two Ghasts and a Zombie Pigman micromob.

LEGO Minecraft Nether

LEGO to release The LEGO Movie related sets

LEGO Movie set

In a move that will surely not come as much of a surprise LEGO has announced that they will be releasing a huge range of merchandise to tie in with their first feature film. The range of merchandise will of course include sets (17 of them), as well as a videogame and merchandise such as bags and watches.

17 sets sounds like an impressive theme, but it’s likely that some of those will be polybags. The trailer from the movie includes a huge range of licensed and non-licensed characters so the content of these sets could be interesting. The first photo seems to show a bulky police car and an orange vehicle of some sort (featured briefly in the trailer).

The part of the announcement that could be the most exciting for AFOLs is that LEGO will also be releasing a new range of CMF featuring 16 new and “new-again” characters from the film. Surely that has to include 1980-something space guy!

Press release

(July 16, 2013) – The LEGO Group today announced at the international Comic-Con convention in San Diego that it will produce a collection of movie-inspired building sets celebrating the brand’s premiere as a theatrical film. The company has also recruited an impressive roster of global partners to a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the much anticipated animated adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, “THE LEGO® MOVIE” is rapidly building buzz following its first released trailer and assembles on the big screen starting in February 2014.

“The LEGO brand has been a vehicle for creative storytelling around the world for decades, so it’s no surprise that there is such growing enthusiasm for the first LEGO theatrical film,” said Jill Wilfert, Vice President Licensing and Entertainment for the LEGO Group. “We are thrilled to collaborate with our valued partners to build a varied and compelling portfolio of products through which fans of all ages can celebrate this LEGO brand milestone.”

Building Sets
Inspired by pivotal scenes in the film and starring key LEGO minifigure characters, a collection of 17 LEGO building sets will deliver all of the “THE LEGO MOVIE” action to the playroom. Fans will delight in highly detailed and functional vehicles and structures that reflect the creative versatility of the movie’s many LEGO themed backdrops, such as City, Wild West, and Space. Attendees at the Comic-Con International event in San Diego, California will see the first “THE LEGO MOVIE” building set unveiled at the LEGO booth on Saturday, July 20.

Additionally, the company’s line of collectible LEGO Minifigures will receive its first Hollywood makeover with a series inspired by “THE LEGO MOVIE” cast of 16 new and “new-again” LEGO characters.

Videogame
In related news, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the chart-topping and award-winning LEGO videogames franchise from TT Games will include an epic gaming experience based on the film across all major console and handheld gaming systems. With more than 90 playable characters inspired by the film and 15 exciting levels, kids will be able to build an adventure like never before.

Movie-Inspired Merchandise
A roster of global licensees covering several categories will immerse filmgoers in the world of “THE LEGO MOVIE.” Perennial publishing partners Scholastic, Penguin, Ameet and DK Publishing will offer a range of readers, sticker books, activity books and movie guides. Apparel partners include T-shirts from Mad Engine, Isaac Morris, Kabooki, TV Mania and Casco Blu, hoodies from TV Mania, pajamas from SGI Apparel, TV Mania and Kabooki and undergarments from Handcraft Mfg. and Kabooki. Carry Gear and Grown Up will offer bags, including backpacks and cinch bags. Clic Time is producing clocksand buildable watches. MZB Imagination and Funtastic are creating an array ofstationery items including notebooks, journals, folders, pens, pencils and pencil cases, erasers, rulers and luggage/bag tags. Functional key lights featuring movie characters are being produced by IQ HK. Storage partner ROOM Copenhagen is producing a lunchbox, lunch set, drinking bottle and storage and sorting boxes.

 

The Feature Film
“THE LEGO MOVIE” opens in some global markets the first week of February, 2014. The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of 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.

The English language version of “THE LEGO MOVIE” stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, as the voices of the animated characters. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) from their original screenplay, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, based on LEGO construction toys. It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before. The film is produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”) and Roy Lee (“The Departed,” “How to Train Your Dragon”).  “THE LEGO MOVIE” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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10235 Winter Village Market Unveiled

LEGO 10235 - Winter Village Market

LEGO has just released details of the latest in the Winter Village range – 10235 Winter Village Market. The winter village sets have always had some very nice details, and the Market looks like no exception. The set features a great carousel (that actually works) and some cute market stalls.

Another great addition for AFOLs is dark blue arches that have been specifically included to make recreating the Market Street set just a little easier.

Two Arrested for Vandalising Ryan McNaught’s Elvis Helicopter

Elvis

Just a quick update on the earlier story of the vandalism of Elvis. Two 14 year olds, believed to be part of a larger group, have been arrested in relation to the incident. They have been charged with one count each of enter premises and wilful damage. Police investigations are ongoing, and it is believed that further offenders will be charged.

Via http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/07/01/244649_local-news.html

Featured Cuusoo – Sydney Harbour Bridge

LEGO Sydney Harbour Bridge

The 10234 Sydney Opera House looks like it is going to be a great set, but how do you make it even better? By adding the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught has created this huge model of the iconic bridge to compliment the 10234 set. From the few pictures posted, it looks like it would be a fun build.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge - http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/42368