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LEGO Club Magazine October 2013 – What’s Inside

LEGO Club

It’s time for another edition of the LEGO Club Magazine. Let’s have a look at what’s inside.

 

BrisBricks LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

Long weekends are far too rare of a treat, so when they come along you really have to make the most of them. That is something I certainly accomplished by heading to the 2013 BrisBricks Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were sold online and at the door based on pre-determined session times. The online ticketing system was incredibly straight forward and I didn’t have any problems. I purchased my ticket for the Monday 10:30am session at 11:55pm the night before.

The staff at the event were more than happy to scan the barcode ticket on the screen of a mobile device, which is handy for those of us without easy access to a printer.

The Venue
What a difference a year makes! The venue for last year’s inaugural BrisBricks Expo was a little small, and a little hot. This year, the venue was incredibly spacious and not particularly hot, considering it was a sweltering Brisbane day outside.

It was nice to see a variety of food vendors at the venue, as well as plenty of seating. There were lots of families having a bite to eat after a busy day of LEGO.

For Sale
As is quite common at these events there were a number of LEGO retailers offering bricks to adults and kids who were inspired by the displays. It was nice to see a variety of products on sale; such as sets, customised items and even individual minifigures. I managed to get the Series 11 Female Scientist that had been eluding me so far.

The MOCs
It was great to see some new creations on display at the show. As this was the second BrisBricks event for the year I was concerned that there was going to be very little that I hadn’t seen before. There were certainly some things that I had seen previously but there were also some fantastic new creations.

Some stand outs:

  • The interactive 4WD display. Giving fans a chance to drive RC cars over some tough terrain really showed how much fun Technic can be.
  • Classic sets! As somebody far too young to have seen the original Town Plan set it was nice to be able to see that and other vintage sets on display.
  • Royal Exhibition Building. Very impressive attention to detail and design.
  • Movie Character City. This display very cleverly combined several famous characters into a single city street. Where else can you see the Ghost Busters and Marty McFly together?

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

LEGO® 10243 Parisian Restaurant Announced

LEGO 10243

The latest in a line of fantastic modular buildings has just been announced at BrickCon. 10243 introduces a Paris inspired restaurant to the existing lineup, and will be a great place for you minifigures to grab a meal before seeing a movie at the Palace Cinema

The set features some great architectural styling as well as a lot of little details that bring the set to life, such as outdoor dining, gardens and a several printed elements.

The set will be released in January 2014, but as yet there is no official Australian price.
LEGO 10243 Box
Press Release

10243 Parisian Restaurant  2,469 pieces, US $159.99, CA $189.99, DE 149.99 €, UK £132.99, DK 1299.00 DKK

Have an unforgettable evening at the amazing Parisian Restaurant!

It’s very busy in the Parisian Restaurant. As a scooter zips by, inside the waiter rushes between the tables as the nervous young man gets ready to propose with the ring! It’s just as hectic behind the scenes, with the chef busily preparing the food. This beautifully detailed building is the setting for so many stories and is a great addition to the modular building series. The Parisian Restaurant has a fully-stocked, blue and white tiled kitchen with tableware as well as a cozy apartment with pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace. On the top floor is the artist’s room with a studio that includes a cast iron heater, easel, paintbrush and two works of art by the aspiring artist. Outside, stairs lead down to the roof terrace lined with hanging lanterns and flowers where the diners eat alfresco-style. This amazing Parisian Restaurant model even includes a facade with croissants, clams and feather details that recapture the feel of Paris. Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.
  • Also includes a rat, seagull and 2 clams.
  • Kitchen features blue and white tiled floor, lots of kitchen units and a variety of utensils.
  • Second-floor apartment features a pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace.
  • Top floor features an opening roof revealing an artist’s studio with heater, easel, paintbrush, palette and artwork.
  • Includes lots of food items for the customers including croissants, a pie, 2 cupcakes, 2 grapes, 2 hotdogs, turkey, cheese wedges, milk carton and coloured bottles.
  • Also includes hard-to-find white croissants and bricks in olive green, dark blue and dark red.
  • Intricate exterior details include facade with croissant detailing, bus stop, sidewalk, scooter and even a dumpster and trash can at the rear.
  • Put up the printed restaurant sign and menu to entice the customers in.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall and 10232 Palace Cinema!
  • Measures over 11” (30cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.

Designer Video

 

BrisBricks Brisbane LEGO® Fan Expo – This Long Weekend

Brisbane LEGO fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend with the BrisBricks Brisbane LEGO® Fan Expo running Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be a special session for children with autism.

More details, including ticket prices and session times, can be found on the event page:

October LEGO® Online Offer – Double VIP Points

October 2013 Double VIPLEGO Australia’s latest online deal is double VIP points with all purchases in October. This isn’t a bad deal, but other regions are receiving this offer as well as some free sets. Bricking Around will be looking into the difference between the US and Australian offers separately, but in the meantime you can see the details of the offer here.

LEGO® 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E Announced

LEGO® has just announced a new set to be released in January 2014 – the 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E, a recreation of the largest ship in the world. The set is designed for display with a fact plaque and display stand included.

There is currently no information about the Australian pricing but we have made enquiries with LEGO and will update as soon as we find out.

LEGO 10241 Maersk Triple-E

10241 Maersk Line Triple-E

Ages 12+. 1,518 pieces.

Build the Maersk ‘Triple-E’ container vessel – a true giant of the seas!

US $149.99 – CA $179.99 – DE 129.99 € – UK 109.99 £ – DK 1199.00 DKK

Presenting the largest ship in the world – the record-breaking Maersk ‘Triple-E.’ Built from over 1,500 bricks, the model recreates the real vessel in amazing detail. Our LEGO® designers have included rare colors such as medium azur, dark red, sand blue and sand green. There are rotating gold-colored screw blades leading to the brick-built twin propeller engines, which you can view through the window built into the port side of the ship. You can even customize it by adding or removing the containers. This authentic set includes a display stand and fact plaque with detailed information about the ship and, as a finishing touch, there’s the gold coin that is added under the mast of all Maersk Line ships for good luck on their voyages. This model is perfect for LEGO fans!

• Features include rotating gold-colored propeller blades, brick-built twin 8-cylinder engines, viewing window into the engine compartment, adjustable rudders, detachable lifeboats, removable containers, rotating crane arms and a special ‘good luck’ coin
• Includes rare medium azur, dark red, sand blue and sand green colored elements
• Play with the model on carpeted surfaces or mount the model on the display stand
• Building instructions also include interesting facts about the real ship
• Includes 1,518 bricks
• Ship (mounted on stand) measures over 8” (21cm) high, 25” (65cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide

Ninjago 2014 Set Images Appear Online

US Retailer Kmart has posted images and details of three of the 2014 Ninjago sets a little earlier than they probably should have.

The set descriptions indicate that these new enemies are cyborgs of some description. This confirms early rumours of a robotic enemy. The images also show a new look for the ninjas themselves – with flowing locks and just a simple face mask. The ninjas look like they are fresh off the set of a shampoo commercial.

Ninjago 2014 Hair

Here are the details of the three leaked sets

Thunder RaiderNinjago 2014 Thunder Raider

Battle the Nindroids with Jay’s Thunder Raider featuring attack/speed modes, hidden flick missiles plus Cole’s Earth Mech and Techno-Blade.

Team up Cole and Jay against the Nindroids with Thunder Raider, a versatile Ninja vehicle full of hidden surprises. Attach Cole’s Earth Mech to the back of Jay’s lightning off-roader. Engage speed mode and power effortlessly over rough terrain with the high-grip front tank treads and huge rear wheels. When the Nindroid attacks with its double laser cannon, detach Cole’s Earth Mech and fight back using the golden sword blasters. Transform the awesome Thunder Raider into attack mode to shoot hidden missiles and reload until the Ninjas are victorious! Includes 3 minifigures with weapons: Cole, Jay and a Nindroid.

OverBorg Attack

Ninjago 2014 OverBorg Attack

Escape on the Green Ninja cycle in OverBorg Attack with all-terrain tank bike, mech chair, spinning saw blades, jump ramp and 2 minifigures.

Cyrus Borg has been transformed by technology into OverBorg, and is on a mission to control New Ninjago City and capture the Green Ninja. Help the Green Ninja escape to safety on his super-slick cycle with golden blades. The OverBorg has powered up in his mech chair and is giving chase on his all-terrain tank bike, churning up the road with the two fast-spinning, slicing circular saw blades. Evade the tank bike’s lasers then accelerate onto the ramp and soar over OverBorg’s fearsome machine! Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and accessories: OverBorg and Lloyd.

Kai Fighter

Ninjago 2014 Kai Fighter

Put the heat on General Cryptor and grab the Techno-Blade with Kai Fighter with 2 flick missiles, jet engines and speed mode wings.

Kai has taken over a civilian vehicle and used his Techno-Blade to turn it into an awesome red and gold Ninja Fighter! Take off and weave between the skyscrapers of New Ninjago City with Kai in the cockpit. Shoot the gold-tipped flick missiles into the path of the evil General Cryptor and evade blasts from his ground-to-air laser rocket launcher. Defeat General Cryptor then flip the wings back to engage speed mode and zoom away. Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and an accessory: Kai and General Cryptor.

Details from Kmart.com via http://brickfanatics.co.uk/lego-ninjago-2014-set-images/

Sherlock Project Hits 10,000 Votes On Cuusoo

Sherlock LEGO Cuusoo

The latest LEGO Cuusoo project to hit the 10,000 vote mark is simply titled Sherlock, and based on the BBC hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The project gained a rapid influx of votes after Sherlock fan sites sent their viewers to the Cuusoo site.

This project now moves to the review stage, with the next review set to take place in January.

How likely is this project to pass review? Let’s have a look at some of the assessment criteria:

Brand Fit - The show does deal with quite a few adult themes including murder. I believe that LEGO could go either way with this. They might be willing to approve it because it is going to be a limited production set. Back To The Future also has it’s share of adult themes.

Licencing - This project focuses on a specific incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes character, which is going to make licencing a little trickier. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are now public domain, but being based on the TV show an agreement would need to be made with the BBC. From my research there doesn’t seem to have ever been any licencing agreements between the BBC and LEGO. We do know that there is an existing agreement for Doctor Who sets to be produced by Character Building. Without knowing how far this agreement extends there is no way to know if a licence is even possible.

The Actual Set - There doesn’t seem to be any immediate issues with the actual set design. It is quite modest in terms of part count, and doesn’t require the creation of new one-off molds. The proposed set could easily be created with stickers or printed bricks. The included minifigures all look reasonably simple too, and the number could easily be scaled back from all of the characters to just Sherlock and Watson.

Conclusion - Sherlock is a great show that deservedly has quite a following, but it seems unlikely that this project is going to pass review.

Via http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/47380

On Sale – 20% Off At Target 26th Sept – 2nd Oct

Target 20 Percent Off

Target is celebrating/capitalising on the school holidays with 20% off all toys (including LEGO) from September 26th through to October 2nd.

They have also increased the discount to 30% for all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sets. This could be a great chance to get those turtles you hadn’t picked up yet.

View the catalogue here or the TMNT Offer on page 28

On Sale – LEGO® Blitzathon At Shop For Me

Shop For Me Blitzathon

Australian specialist LEGO® retailer Shop For Me are running another of their frequent Blitzathon sales today.(20th September). The Blitzathon features a different LEGO deal every hour, starting from 11am.

Some of the sets on special include 10234 Sydney Opera House and 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine

Click here to view the deals

Be sure to check the site regularly to see all of the specials on offer.