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LEGO Announces 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon. To celebrate this incredible achievement LEGO have today announced 10266 Apollo 11 Lunar Lander.

This 1087 piece Creator Expert set comes with two minifigures and a fantastic level of detail.

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The set will be officially released on June 1st and cost $159.99 here.

I’ve got one sitting on my desk ready to build, so keep an eye out for my review soon.

You can check out more images and the official press release below.

On Sale: 10-15% Off At eBay

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eBay have a new 10% off code, but this one has a little something extra if you happen to be an eBay Plus member.

Spend over $120 or more on eligible items and enter the code PAPPY at checkout to get 10% off, or 15% off for eBay Plus.

The extra discount is a good offer if you happen to already be part of eBay Plus.

This is one of those offers with no set end date so don’t muck around.

View the eBay LEGO portal here.

You can only use the redemption code 4 times with a maximum discount of $200 per transaction.

On Sale: 20% Off Two or More At Myer

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Myer have a new offer starting today and while I appreciate the discount this one not only has the same exclusions as usual, it also requires you to buy two items to qualify.

The sale starts today (May 28th) and as far as I can tell seems to be today only. Exclusions are Creator Expert, Ideas, Harry Potter and Wizarding World.

You can find the Myer LEGO range here.

Thanks to everybody who emailed me about this.

On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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If you missed David Jones’ recent 25% off sale then this is probably the next best thing – a long running 20% off sale with no exclusions.

From today until June 16th you can get 20% off all LEGO products.

That end date should hopefully get us through until some mid-year toy sale deals. It will also hopefully mean some of the June release sets get caught up in the savings too.

You can check out David Jones’ LEGO range here.

Thanks to Alyssa for the heads up.

LEGO Overwatch Sets Now Available At EB Games & Zing

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It looks like the Amazon exclusive period on the Overwatch sets has come to an end.

Both EB Games and Zing Pop Culture stores are now selling the full range of Overwatch sets.

This is a good option for anybody looking to buy in-store, or anybody who just doesn’t want to give Jeff Bezos more money.

You can find the various products here; ZingEB Games

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – One New Set Coming

LEGO have revealed the outcome of the third 2018 LEGO Ideas review. The line-up for this review period included a total of 5 sets; Dinosaur Fossil Skeletons, Chemical Plant, Food Stand Diners, Playable LEGO Piano and Queen Victoria Cruise Ship.

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Of those 5 one has been given the definite go-ahead, while another is pending further review.

On Sale: 25% Off At David Jones

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There’s a Click Frenzy sale on today, and David Jones are getting involved with a great offer.

For today and tomorrow only (May 21 & 22) you can get 25% off all toys, including LEGO. This is online only.

25% off is a great discount and the lack of exclusions is a bonus.

You can find David Jones LEGO range here.

Interview: LEGO Masters’ Bilsy

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Now that LEGO Masters is wrapped up for the year I wanted to have a chat to some of the contestants. I’ve sent a few questions off to Henry and Cade but Bilsy happens to be a long time Bricking Around reader (I’ve got it in writing that he owes me a drink for saving him money on LEGO). I had a chat to him about his time on the show. Including what it was like to work with his polarising partner Kale.

Let’s talk briefly about the journey to get on the show. You didn’t initially audition with Kale. What’s the story there?

I initially auditioned with a good friend from Queensland. We made it through but soon realised that filming took place the same time as his partner was expecting a baby. So we had to decline as a team, I then got a phone call a few days later telling me I would suit someone in Melbourne and am I interested. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m not throwing it away so I accepted.

There were a lot of moments in the show where you seemed to say “this is a bad idea”, but never actually managed to break through and be heard. Was there any particular instances where Kale did step back and say “I like your idea” or “you are right”?

There were many times Kale took the lead and didn’t listen. To his credit he wanted all my ideas at the start of every build. He wanted to know what I was thinking, what story did I have that could work. Just happens my stories were never loving enough, or didn’t tell a greater story than what you saw. Although he did let me pick what movie (Titanic) we designed.

Of the challenges on the show were there any where you felt you had a winning idea that you didn’t get to do, and if so can you share an example?

From the 1st one. Mega cities, I knew we didn’t need to go higher. Brickman told us a few times do not go higher go more creative. But Kale took that as a challenge and the rest is history. And with the last dinosaur build, from the second I saw it grow I knew that was our end. I mean we could have turned it into a Dino shaped volcano or something. But adding non genuine articles (pizza, bottle etc) I tried to remove and they turned back up. If we stuck to scale we would have crept through.

A lot of people say that reality TV is very good at editing people to tell a story, do you feel that your story got told well? Anything that wasn’t shown that you wish had been?

What you see is how it happened. I feel I came across the same as I felt I was on set. I mean there’s so many one liners, smart-ass calls and comments that haven’t been shown. But other than that nothing was scripted. We weren’t coached or guided in any way – I was very impressed. I wish they had shown more of me building if I had to find a complaint.

You were obviously there with Kale for every day of filming. Was the way he was shown accurate and fair, in your opinion?

Yep we spent pretty much every day together. I don’t build at a level Kale does, and this made him angry and stressed. And that’s what you’re seeing – a stressed and angry Kale. I mean that’s how he was, towards me and everyone else. Very blunt and full of confidence, but he was given a partner he didn’t expect and I guess the stress of it all got to him.

I have to ask, what is your relationship with Kale like now? Have you spoken since the show.

I’ve reached out to him a few times, to see how he is etc. He’s obviously angry how he is portrayed and I think blames me. But it is what it is and no I don’t think there will be shared drinks anytime soon.

Which of the final builds got your vote?

I loved Dave and G’s Pirate Ship but I absolutely loved the technical skill of Poseidon. Kale and I had to vote as a team not one each. Our vote eventually went to Dave and G.

What’s your LEGO dream? Do you want to one day become a designer for example.

My LEGO dream would be a tester. I love designing and I love creating, but how much cooler would it be to be the one who tests the playability. Tests the strengths and swooshability of the finished products. From here I will build MOCs and sets on YouTube and Twitch and see where that takes me. The support I’ve received on social media has blown me away!

A huge thanks to Bilsy for taking time to answer questions.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Target

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Finally! After what seems like a lifetime without any cheap LEGO, Target are here to help with a new catalogue.

This sale isn’t particularly amazing, but with nothing else on it’s worth a look. There’s the Toy Story 4 sets and two of the Avengers: Endgame sets reduced.

The catalogue runs from May 16th to May 29th.

You can check it out for yourself here or see the list of sets below.

 

 
Set #
Name
Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
10894Toy Story TrainDuplo$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
10766Woody & RCToy Story 4$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
10767Duke Caboom's Stunt ShowToy Story 4$30.00$39.99$9.9925%
10768Buzz & Bo Peep's Playground AdventureToy Story 4$30.00$39.99$9.9925%
10769Toy Story 4 RV VacationToy Story 4$49.00$59.99$10.9918%
10770Buzz & Woody's Carnival Mania!Toy Story 4$59.00$79.99$20.9926%
76125Iron Man Hall of ArmorMarvel Super Heroes$69.00$89.99$20.9923%
76126Avengers Ultimate QuinjetMarvel Super Heroes$99.00$139.99$40.9929%

LEGO Announces 75810 Stranger Things: The Upside Down

When the rumours of this one first surfaced, I immediately dismissed them as something that was never going to happen. I guess I was wrong…

Here’s the official details of 75810 Stranger Things: The Upside Down

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Based on the outstanding 80s themed Netflix show The Upside Down features 2,287 pieces and 8 minifigures. Australian RRP is set at $349.99.

It should be available now from shop.LEGO.com/strangerthings

I’ll have a full review of this set soon (I haven’t had time to finish building it yet) but in the meantime enjoy the official pictures and press release.