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Review: 70657 Ninjago City Docks

The LEGO Ninjago Movie may not have been a phenomenal success but I am incredibly glad that it got made – because it has lead to some truly outstanding LEGO sets.

In my opinion one of the best sets of last year was Ninjago City. It was a set packed with details and a sense of epicness (thanks mostly to it’s towering height). When LEGO announced that there was a companion set – Ninjago City Docks – on the way I knew that I had to review it.

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The Build

The build is broken down in to 19 sections, with each having one or two corresponding numbered bags. No single section is overly taxing with the build spread out fairly evenly over the 19.

The build starts off in a similar way to Ninjago City, with a series of plates laid out on the two baseplates. If you haven’t built Ninjago City this may seem a little odd but the use of different colours is a very clever way of adding a sense of depth underneath the water.

It’s not until section 3 and 4 that you really get all of the “water” (i.e clear tiles) in place. There are a lot of tiles to place but it’s broke up enough that it doesn’t become a chore.

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On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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Here’s something to help ease you into a new working week – A 20% off sale at David Jones.

From today (August 13th) until Sunday August 19th you can get 20% off all full priced LEGO. The only listed exclusion is the UCS Millennium Falcon (but if you add it to your cart it’s applying the discount, shh don’t tell anybody).

You can view the David Jones LEGO range here. I am not sure if this offer is online only or if it applies in-store too.

Also, the David Jones website still doesn’t display discount prices until an item is in your cart.

Thanks to Nichole for letting me know about this offer.

71043 Hogwarts Castle Designer Video

The LEGO VIP release of 71043 Hogwarts Castle is this week and if you were unsure whether to get one or not this designer video may help you make that decision.

The set will be available from here on Wednesday August 15th
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Exclusivity Information For August 2018

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August features some popular releases but as usual there are few sets that you’ll have to go to a little extra effort to track down. Here’s your guide to what sets are exclusive to what retailer for August 2018.

Big W manages to snare two interesting exclusives. First is the latest UCS Star Wars set 75181 Y-Wing Starfighter. The second is 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile. I suspect that these sets won’t show up until after the 20% off sale ends.

The Bugatti Chiron should be available from Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores this month. Hopefully Myer don’t exclude this one from their sales.

As usual the new BrickHeadz are exclusive to Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores.

Interestingly the data that I was provided said that Hogwarts Express is an August release to the mass market – meaning everyone. I am not sure when this will actually arrive in stores and if this information overwrites the November date I had heard previously.

Of course the question that everybody keeps asking (I think LEGO are sick of me asking them) is what is happening with Toys R Us exclusives. The answer unfortunately is that there is no answer. The only update on Toys R Us exclusives at this stage is that 75955 Hogwarts Express is now available at mass (meaning all LEGO retailers). All other products are still in planning and negotiation.

You can see the full list of exclusives below.

On Sale: 25% Off LEGO At Myer Online

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To be perfectly honest – I have no idea what is going on here.

Currently the Myer website is offering 25% off most of their LEGO range but I can’t find anything about when it ends or what is excluded.

The only information I can see is that this is an online only offer. Creator Expert and Ideas seem to be excluded as usual.

You can view the Myer online range here, and if anybody can find some details let me know.

Thanks to Wade and Chris for the info.

Toys R Us – A Eulogy

Toys R Us Australia is no more.

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After 25 years serving Australian toy fans the company has now closed all of their Australian stores.

Growing up my closest store was at Garden City in the Brisbane suburb of Upper Mount Gravatt. I used to go up that shopping centre almost every weekend, but I went to Toys R Us less frequently. My parents weren’t the type to take me toy shopping every weekend, and even when I did have some pocket money to spend I usually found myself at Big W.

Toys R Us always had a perception of being expensive. They were the fancy dedicated toy store. Their stock and range was amazing but you paid a bit extra for that.  I know that I got plenty of toys from there over the years.

One thing that I loved Toys R Us for was that they tried to be a destination for toy fans. One of my most clear memories of the store is when my older brother drove a friend of I up there so that we could play in a Pokemon Trading Card competition. They were the place that organised these sort of events. They did more LEGO Make and Take events than anywhere else.

When I grew up and had a child of my own I got several things from the Babies R Us part of the store. My son spent the first few months of his life in a fantastic Toys R Us bassinet.

The downfall of Toys R Us may have been that people became smarter consumers. With the internet they could research their purchases and find the best prices. It no longer became a case of if you wanted a hard to find toy you went to a dedicated toy store and paid whatever they asked.

The thing is that Toys R Us did have regular sales. Some weren’t great but plenty of times they were good. I know this because I posted about them for 5 years. Almost every Tuesday you’d see if the new Toys R Us catalogue had LEGO on sale. Almost every second catalogue had some discounted LEGO. Checking the past posts reveals that there were over 130 about Toys R Us, most of those sales of some description.

I am not going to pretend that Toys R Us was the best toy retailer because they weren’t. They were one of the few stores that charged more than RRP for some sets. But they were an option, one that isn’t there anymore. Less competition is never good for consumers. The Toys R Us stores were also staffed by real people who lost their jobs.

Farewell Toys R Us Australia and good luck to all of their former staff.

Got a fond memory of Toys R Us? Share your story in the comments.

Canberra Brick Expo 2018 This Weekend

The talented builders of the Canberra LEGO User Group return for Brick Expo 2018.

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The event will once again take place at the Hellenic Club of Canberra (Matilda Street, Woden). Doors open on Friday afternoon (August 10th at 1:30 PM) and then runs from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 4:30pm on Sunday.

Tickets start at $6 for children, $6 for concession holders (student/pensioner) and $12 for adults. There are also two different family ticket options. Family A includes one adult and three children for $24 while Family B includes two adults and two children for $30.

For the AFOL looking for a more grown-up experience there will be a VIP cocktail party taking place on Saturday August 11th from 7pm. This is an adults only event with beer and wine provided. Tickets for the cocktail party are $50 per person.

You can get your tickets for the regular sessions or cocktail party from TryBooking.

Brick Expo is a not-for-profit event and all proceeds will assist the charity PaTCH to purchase much needed medical equipment for Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital.

You can learn more about the event via the Brick Expo website.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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Got your eye on an August release? Then this is a sale you’ll want to check out.

From tomorrow (August 2nd) until August 15th Big W are offering 20% off all toys.

This does not apply to “Price Drop” items so there may be a few sets that aren’t included.

You can view the Big W online range here, but sales prices won’t be live until tomorrow.

Update: A few people are having trouble finding the Harry Potter sets on the Big W website. Here are some links:

Pricing Guide For All The August Releases

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It’s August 1st which means that everybody is currently going nuts for the return of Harry Potter LEGO sets, but there are actually quite a few other sets that are officially launched today.

I spent the morning trawling through the data in an attempt to compile pricing from the major retailers for all the new releases. There are some gaps in the data but unfortunately not every retailer is amazing at updating their online stores. It’s possible that the gaps also represent retailer exclusives (I’m waiting for confirmation as to what sets are exclusives).

The Big W prices were retrieved this morning and will be 20% cheaper from tomorrow. Amazon may also adjust their prices based on what the other retailers are doing.

RRP links will take you to the LEGO Online store product page. I have also included links for Amazon listings as I was able to automate these.

If you have spotted a price missing from the table below let me know.

There are also some other releases not included in the table – Voltron is now available for non-VIPs as well as also now being available at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and Dreamworld. The App Controlled Bat Mobile is also now available online, LLDC and Dreamworld.

The Hogwarts Express Is Going To Be Delayed

What is it with trains and long annoying delays?

It seems that 75955 Hogwarts Express was originally destined to be a Toys R Us exclusive. With Toys R Us coming to a close it means that we won’t see a retail release of the Hogwarts Express until November, and then it seems only at specialty toy stores.

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This information comes from Outer Rim Trading Co, one of those specialty retailers that will eventually be stocking the set.

Buying this set directly from LEGO online may be an alternative, although at $139.99 you’ll need to spend more to get to the $200 free shipping threshold. The set will be released online here at some time tomorrow.

Both the Dreamworld Certified Store and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne should also have stock of this set.