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Benny’s Space Squad – An Update Update UPDATE!

Benny’s Space Squad is probably the most highly anticipated set of 2019. It’s $16 and contains 4 classic space minifigures and a whole heap of nostalgia.

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It was a bit of a surprise then that this set wasn’t featured in the 1HY 2019 catalogue. A set missing from the catalogue usually means only one thing – retailer exclusive.

With the set still being sold out online I wanted to get an idea of where you’d be able to get this when it’s released in March. Well LEGO got back to me and was able to confirm exactly who is getting the exclusive on this set. And the answer is – nobody.

At the time of the catalogue being produced LEGO Australia was still deciding the fate of this set, so it wasn’t included, but since then they have decided that this set would be general release. That means that it should be coming to all your favourite retailers in March. Hopefully it won’t be as delayed as the January releases.

This is great news and I can’t wait to grab one of these sets myself.

Your Local Cinema May Be Doing Early Screenings of The LEGO Movie 2

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Earlier this week I discovered that my local cinema has a special preview screening of The LEGO Movie 2 scheduled for February 10th. A date that is much better than the official Australian release date of March 21st.

I’ve had a look around at it seems that there are lots of places that are doing screening around the 9th and 10th of February. Roadshow have confirmed that there should be plenty of screenings around the country.

I’m not able to check with every cinema in the country but I strongly suggest looking on the website of your local cinema or giving them a call. My local is an Event Cinemas but I have also heard from Cineplex (in Brisbane) that they will be doing preview screenings. IMAX in Melbourne are also advertising screenings for that weekend.

We’ve all been angry about the delay here in Australia but I think allowing these preview screenings is a great compromise. It keeps the official release for the school holidays but allows die-hard fans a chance to see the film around the same time as the US.

If you find a screening near you feel free to share for people who may live in the same area as you.

70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! Now Available For VIPs

Have you been looking to add some post-apocalyptic style to your LEGO collection? Now is your chance with the official VIP release of 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

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You can grab your set now from the Australian online store, but you’ll need to be logged in to your VIP account to do so.

Non-VIPs will unfortunately have to wait until February 1st.

Do you plan on getting this one? I’m still on the fence.

On Sale: Big New Exclusives On Sale At Myer

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Myer has added a few exciting new additions to their online store – and they happen to be included in the current 20% off sale.

Here’s what they have listed…

Creator Expert Roller Coaster – from $499.99 down to $399.99

Creator Expert Carousel – from $299.99 down to $239.99

Unfortunately there are also others that have now gone out of stock. You may be able to argue the case for the discount in-store if you can find these sets. LEGO Ideas Pop-Up BookHogwarts Castle and Betrayal at Cloud City were all marked as being part of the sale.

Brickvention Melbourne This Weekend

January in Melbourne is known for it’s tennis, unless you are an AFOL – then it’s all about Brickvention.

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The annual showcase of amazing LEGO creations returns to the Royal Exhibition Building (Nicholson Street, Carlton) this weekend (January 19-20).

Some sessions are already sold out but there should still be plenty of tickets available. Adult tickets are $18, Child (4-14) tickets are $9.00 and children 3 years and under are free.

If you are a massive fan you may be interested in a Two Day Pass. These cost $54 for adults and $36 for kids. The two day pass comes with a special VIP gift and 10% off at the various merchandise stands.

Tickets can be purchased online from Trybooking.

If you are heading along don’t forget to bring some minifigures! This year’s event will feature the world’s largest minifigure swap.

You can find out more about the event on the Brickvention Facebook page.

Review: 76095 Aquaman: Black Manta Strike

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The latest entry to the DC Cinematic universe – Aquaman – was released in cinemas on Boxing Day, a few months after the release of this tie-in set.

I requested this set for review before I’d had a chance to see the movie so I had no idea how well it related to the content before I got it. I am always interested in how well a movie related set relates to what we see in the movie. Sometimes it works out better than others.

I got a chance to see the movie while I was on holidays and I really enjoyed it, let’s see if I enjoy the set as much…

Overwatch Sets Confirmed As Amazon Exclusives

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The Overwatch theme was completely missing from the Australian catalogue, which meant one of two things – either they weren’t going to be released here at all, or they were going to be a retailer exclusive.

I have today received confirmation that these sets will be exclusive to Amazon Australia, with a February release.

This is probably a blow for anybody hoping to get these sets on sale. While Amazon does have some great sales, they very rarely include exclusives.

There are no listings for these sets on Amazon yet but I’ll be checking back at the start of February to see when they get listed.

On Sale: 20% Off Selected Items At eBay

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eBay has just launched a new offer that will give you 20% off a huge range of LEGO listings.

To get your discount you’ll need to use the code PLAYFUL20 at checkout.

This offer is fairly broad so please double check prices on a listing before you spend your money. Some sellers will jack up prices before an offer like this so you don’t actually save any money.

The offer runs from today (January 8th) until January 14th.

View the applicable items here.

Thanks to Chris for the info.

Announcing 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

The LEGO Ninjago Movie lead to two large sets that were both absolutely fantastic and it seems that The LEGO Movie 2 is following in the same footsteps with this outstanding looking set.

Introducing 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

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The set features Apocalypseburg, as seen in the trailers for the film. This post-apocalyptic setting features a Planet of the Apes inspired Statue of Liberty setting with a whole bunch of fun additions such as the Coffee Unchained coffee shop. There is also Scribble Cop’s office, armory, barber’s/tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms.

Filling out the set are 12 amazing minifigures. There’s post-apocalyptic versions of heaps of characters from the LEGO Movie, including a battle hardened “Where are my pants?” guy and chainsaw Dave (formely surfer Dave).

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The set will officially be released on January 16th online with an Australian RRP of $499.99.

Read on for a heap of additional pictures and the official press release.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer When You Spend $50 or More

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It looks like Myer really liked their Boxing Day sale, because the same offer is live again!

Spend $50 or more on toys and you will get 20% off your total order. Unfortunately we are talking about Myer so there’s a long list of exclusions - selected LEGO Ideas, Creator Expert, Technic, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Death Star and UCS Millennium Falcon.

As this is a minimum spend offer it won’t be active on their eBay store.

This offer runs until January 28th.

You can find the sets included in the sale here.