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On Sale: 10% Off Everything at eBay

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eBay have just emailed out a  new discount code that is active from today.

With the code BANK10 you can 10% off purchases over $75.

The code is valid once per person, so try and make the most of it. You can buy multiple items at once with the code though. This offer runs until 11:59 PM AEDT on Sunday March 18th.

Unfortunately there is no stacking with other offers but 10% isn’t too bad considering it will cover items like older second hand sets.

Head over to eBay and check it out.

Thanks to Richie for first letting me know about this.

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us

What do you do if you are a store and everybody is saying that you are doomed? You try and get people through the door, and a 20% off everything sale is a pretty good way to do that.

Toys R Us have just pushed out an email promising 20% off all full priced items. This offer starts online now and will be in-store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 16 – 18).

Toys R Us 20 percent off March 2018

This is perfect timing as Toys R Us have also just started free shipping on items over $130.

To take advantage of the offer you’ll need the barcode above in-store or use the code SAVENOW online.

Here are a few sets worth considering:

You can view the full range here.

Toys R Us Australia Responds To Store Closures

The global brand Toys R Us is in trouble. All American and UK stores are going to be closed in the coming months. It is a devastating move that will leave thousands of people without jobs.

When the US arm of Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September last year it was positioned as a move to restructure the business, not a step towards shutting it down. We were told that the move wouldn’t impact the Australian operation. We now know that the restructuring either didn’t happen or didn’t work and now the stores are closing.

The closure of all of the UK and US stores has huge implications for the Australian business. According to financial reports Toys ‘R’ Us Australia lost $7.6 million in the 12 months to January 28, 2017. The year before that was a $9 million loss. The Australian business’ most recent financial statements and reports, filed in June 2016, warn that its future relied on the financial support of its American parent company. That American company is closing all of it’s stores.

Toys R Us Australia Closure Statement Screenshot

In an attempt to ease growing concerns Toys R Us Australia have issued a statement on their Facebook page. It reads;

To our Valued Customers

While we are saddened by the news regarding our U.S. operations, in Australia we remain committed to delivering the best products, services and experiences possible to the many Toys”R”Us kids who have supported our business throughout the past 25 years.

We are working through a range of options for our business locally and as always will relentlessly strive towards bringing fun, joy and happiness to the hearts and minds of our customers for many more years to come.

Our stores remain open and our amazing staff are ready to serve you!
Our Gift Cards, VIP club points, Layby, returns policy and other services remain unchanged, however if you have any worries at all please reach out to our customer service team for more information.

There is one line in this statement that particularly stands out – “We are working through a range of options”. Obviously we have no way of knowing what those options are but in light of what is happening in the rest of the world it would be naive to think that closure wasn’t at least a possibility.

Should you be avoiding shopping at Toys R Us? I don’t think so. If you are buying LEGO there is no real concern about the store you buy it from closing down. Missing and broken parts can be handled by LEGO directly. The only thing I would say is that maybe it’s an idea to be cautious with gift cards and lay-bys. Those are always the things that catch people out when a store closes. If Toys R Us Australia does go into administration your gift cards may instantly become worthless.

Toys R Us Australia reportedly employs over 2,700 people in Australia. My thoughts are with those people and I honestly hope that Toys R Us Australia can find a solution to this difficult situation.

Financial figures via https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/toys-r-us-store-closures-put-2700-australian-jobs-at-risk-20180315-p4z4go.html

New Set From The Original Jurassic Park Revealed

LEGO have already revealed that they are going all-in on Jurassic World related sets, with not only regular sets but Juniors and Duplo also coming out. What I didn’t expect is a set based on one of the most iconic moments from the original Jurassic Park movie.

75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase manages to pack multiple iconic scenes and references into a compact little set.

75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase (1)

The set features four minifigures – Lex, Tim, Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant – as well as a single velociraptor.

As a huge fan of the original Jurassic Park this set is ticking a heap of nostalgia boxes. So many iconic moments are captured.

You can check out additional images and set details below.

New Range of Polybags Coming To Woolworths

A new range of small sets are coming to Woolworths, with some people already spotting them in store.

Each of the sets will cost you $4.99.

Woolworths Polybags 2018

There are 5 different sets on offer and they all look pretty good. Here’s the lineup:

  • Juniors 30339 Traffic Light Patrol
  • City 30357 Road Worker
  • Friends 30403 Olivia’s Remote Control Boat
  • Ninjago 30531 Sons of Garmadon
  • Creator 30542 Cute Pug

I have checked three stores near me and haven’t seen them yet but hopefully they will start showing up soon.

Thanks to Jennifer for the photo.

Infinity War BrickHeadz Pictures

With Marvel’s Infinity War out next month we already have the tie-in sets on local shelves, but there are also a range of BrickHeadz coming out too.

Thanks to Promobricks we now have our first look a the lineup. With so many characters in the film not everybody is going to get a set but I think the lineup is pretty good.

41604 Iron Man MK50

41604 Iron Man MK50

41605 Thanos

41605 Thanos

41606 Star-Lord

41606 Star-Lord

41607 Gamora

41607 Gamora

Which is your favourite?

Competition Reminder: Win A Copy of 10404 Ocean’s Bottom

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I have a feeling that some people have missed the competition that was featured as part of my recent “building like a kid” article. If you did then here is a friendly reminder.

If you are looking for a just a quick entry in the competition then you can find basic entry form at the end of this article; http://brickingaround.com/2018/03/02/building-like-a-kid/

LEGO have provided the prize as part of their “What Will You Build” campaign, so to help spread that message there are some ways to earn bonus entries in the competition. Here are those details;

Over on the Bricking Around Facebook page you’ll find a gallery of my builds marked with the hashtag. You’ll also find them on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Share the #WhatWillYouBuild gallery on Facebook – 1 Entry
  • Retweet one of the #WhatWillYouBuild photos on Twitter - 1 Entry
  • Like and comment on one of the #WhatWillYouBuild Instagram posts – 1 Entry

Doing all of those will get you quite a few entries in the competition. But would you like an extra 25 entries? Then build something. It can be 1000 pieces or 10 pieces. Big or small. Just build something. Then just share your creation:

  • Post it on the Bricking Around Facebook Page with the hashtag #WhatWillYouBuild
  • Post it on Twitter with the hashtags #WhatWillYouBuild and #BrickingAround as well as tagging @BrickingAround
  • Post it on Instagram with the hashtags #WhatWillYouBuild and #BrickingAround as well as tagging @Bricking_Around

You’ll get 25 bonus entries per unique creation.

Remember – this isn’t a about building the biggest and the best thing, it’s about getting out some bricks and having fun.

Competition entries close March 12th 2018.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer When You Buy 2 or More Items

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Myer are back with another Wednesday offer and while it’s not as good as their recent 25% off sale it might still be worth checking out.

From today (March 7th) until 11:59 PM AEST on March 12th you can get 20% off when you buy two or more items.

This offer is not just restricted to LEGO if you are also looking for some other toys.

The website does not describe this offer as online only so you may be able to take advantage of it in store.

Unfortunately it seems the anniversary codes are still inactive.

You can view Myer’s LEGO range here.

The LEGO Group’s 2017 Financial Results Are… Disappointing

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At a press conference today LEGO have shared the details of their 2017 full year financial results and the numbers are far from impressive. In fact Niels B. Christiansen, the LEGO Group CEO labelled 2017 a challenging year and said that he is not satisfied with the results.

The reports contain a lot of information, most of it complex financial details that probably only make sense to accountants. Here are some of the key figures though:

There was a decrease in revenue by 8 percent to DKK 35.0 billion compared with DKK 37.9 billion in 2016. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange, revenue for the full year declined 7 percent compared with 2016.

Operating profit (profit before financial items and tax) for 2017 was DKK 10.4 billion compared with DKK 12.4 billion for 2016, a decrease of 17 percent year on year. Net profit for the full year was DKK 7.8 billion compared with DKK 9.4 billion in 2016.

A profit of DKK 7.8 billion is still significant but the story is obviously just how much lower that is than 2016.

LEGO are attributing the lower profits, in part, to a “clean-up of inventories across the value chain.”  I am honestly not sure exactly what that means.

LEGO have also released a document with some interesting facts for the year.

Best selling themes (random order)

  • LEGO® City
  • LEGO® Friends
  • LEGO® Star Wars™
  • LEGO® Creator
  • LEGO® DUPLO®

Best selling sets (random order)

  • LEGO® City Police Station (60141)
  • LEGO® City High Speed Chase (60138)
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon (75105)
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ BB-8 (75187)
  • THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Minifigure Series (71017)

On the AFOL side of things there are 300 Recognised LEGO User Groups and an estimated 500,000 adult fans of LEGO.

You can read more about the annual results here. The PDF with interesting facts is found here.

Thanks to Trevor who sent me links to the interesting facts.

Win A 60th Anniversary Set Thanks to Australian Bricklink Store Aussie Brickster

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I know that there are plenty of Bricking Around readers that work on amazing MOCs, so this competition might be of interest to anybody looking to order some parts from Bricklink.

Australian store Aussie Brickster are giving away a 60th Anniversary set as well as two of the Building Bigger Thinking sets. To enter all you need to do is order from their store. In fact you can get entries if you have ever ordered from them. That’s right – you get  one entry for every order you have placed in their store. The competition is drawn April 1st so there is still time to get additional orders in.

There are bonus entries available too.

You can find all of the details on the Aussie Brickster Facebook page.