Various LEGO Events On This Weekend

It seems like April is a great time for a LEGO event with several taking place this weekend.

To view the details of each event (such as how to purchase tickets), click on the links below.

Toy Brick Fair

The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. Tickets $5 per person.

Sydney Brick Show

Sydney Town Hall. Adults $16, Children $11, Family (4) $47.

Sunshine Coast Brick Event

The Shed at Aussie World. Adults $14.50, Children (3-15) $9.50, Family (2 Adults, 3 or 4 kids) $53.00

May Issue of K-Zone Magazine Features Free LEGO U-Wing

The May issue of kids magazine K-Zone is out now and like some previous issue this one comes with a bonus polybag. The 30496 U-Wing set is a scaled down version of the 75155 set from Rogue One.

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At 55 pieces this is a great little build. The magazine itself may not be of much interest to the AFOL community but for around $6 it’s worth getting just for the LEGO.

The magazine is available from Coles, Woolworths and Newsagents.

Thanks to Aidan for reminding me this was out.

On Sale: Buy One, Get One Half Price At Toys R Us

Did you think that your bank account was safe now that Easter had passed? Well it looks like that isn’t the case because Toys R Us are backing up their Easter sale with an even better offer.

From Wednesday April 19th (18th online) until Tuesday May 2nd 2017 Toys R Us are offering buy one, get one half price on all LEGO.

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The offer works out to 25% off if you are buying two identically priced items.

As usual to make the most of this sale you may need to split your purchase into multiple transactions; the cheapest items will automatically be given the discount.

You can check out the catalogue for yourself here.

Thanks to Trevor and Aidan for making sure I saw this.

On Sale: 30 – 40% Off Nexo Knights At Outer Rim Trading Co

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I don’t think that Nexo Knights is the most popular of the current LEGO themes but some of the sets look great and contain some really interesting builds. If you are a fan of cool sets, or the theme itself then you may be interested in this offer from online retailer Outer Rim Trading Co.

Right now they are offering 30-40% off their Nexo Knights range. It’s not the most extensive sale but it’s hard to argue with those discounts. This offer is valid while stocks last.

You can check out the range for yourself here.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Is For Kids

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Today is the official grand opening of the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne. From today thousands of excited kids will get to check out some great rides and attractions geared specifically to them. Unfortunately not everybody is excited about the opening. Adults without children will only be able to attend special AFOL nights once a month. This is a stance that has got some people angry, as demonstrated by 1 star reviews on the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Facebook page.

I admit that when I first learned about the global “no kid, no entry” policy for LEGOLAND Discovery Centres I was annoyed too. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against for being an AFOL – The first year I attended the Sydney Brick Show a woman approached me and told me off for taking photos, specifically saying that I had better not be taking photos of her grandchildren. Even though I love LEGO and hate being discriminated against, I am not annoyed about the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Policy, because the attraction is for kids.

Merlin (the operators of LDC) make this quite clear with the website calling this a playground.

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If you have a look at what is actually at the centre then you get a clear picture of this being something that isn’t for adults.

All of those sound like great attractions for kids but not really something that I’d like to do by myself as a 31 year old man.

Admittedly there are a few things that would interest me – The Creative Workshop, LEGO Factory Tour and Miniland. The stuff that is not for me outweighs the stuff that might be of interest though.

The retail shop is open to the general public, even people without tickets.

One phrase that I have seen raised a few times by adults that are not able to attend is discrimination, but there is a bit of confusion about what is going on. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre rules do not discriminate on the basis of gender or age. Adult men can enter with a child. Adult women can enter with a child. The determining factor is parental status.

I got in touch with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission about the policy. There response was that Victorian law protects people from being discriminated against based on a number of personal characteristics, including parental status and age. However, the law provides some exceptions where this type of discrimination can lawfully occur.

The available information about parental status discrimination related mostly to situations like people with children not being given a job because they have kids. I can’t find any specific examples that relate to LDC. Unfortunately the Commission is not able to make a determination based on an enquiry, and until an official complaint is lodged they won’t investigate the issue. It seems unlikely that Merlin are doing anything illegal, as one of the legal reasons for discrimination is safety of patrons. A claim they would most likely make in the event of a formal complaint.

While one night a month might not suit everybody, and it is better than a lot of other children’s play centres offer adults.

If anybody does wish to take the issue further you can contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission via www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au

Happy Easter

I hope everybody is having a great Easter. This is always a great time for LEGO sales and the four days off gives you plenty of time to build.

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Let me know in the comments what your LEGO Easter plans are. Hitting the sales or some quiet building at home?

Thanks to Belinda and blockstoabrickfight for their LEGO Easter pictures, featured above.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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Big W are known for prices that are slightly below RRP, so when they offer a 20% off sale the prices usually end up being pretty great.

To celebrate the Easter long weekend Big W are offering 20% off LEGO from today (Thursday April 13th) until Monday April 17th 2017.

This offer is valid in-store and online. You can check out the online range here.

If you are heading in-store don’t forget to check the Easter trading ours of your local store.

Brick-a-laide 2017 This Friday & Saturday

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What makes a Good Friday into a Great Friday? The addition of some LEGO, and that should be easy for those of you in Adelaide.

The annual Brick-a-laide show returns to the Adelaide Convention Centre this Friday and Saturday (April 14th and 15th).

The show will feature a fantastic line-up of brick creations, showcased by local and interstate modellers and builders.You can expect to see a wide range of world class displays. There will also be plenty of other attractions on offer.

Online tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for children aged 2 – 15 year. There is a family pass (2 adults & 2 kids) available for $34. Tickets are available at the door for a little more, and a Sensory Friendly session is also being run. You can get your tickets here.

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or the Brick-a-laide website.

On Sale: 15-20% Off At Myer When You Buy 2 or More Items

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Myer currently have two sales on, both with a slightly annoying qualifier.

There is 20% off when you buy two or more items except Creator and Technic which only get 15% off. Both offers require you to buy two or more items, which isn’t exactly a big issue but could be a pain if there was only one thing you were after.

The 20% off offer starts today (April 12th) and runs until 11:59pm AEST Monday April 17th 2017. This is also an online only offer.

The 15% off offer starts today (April 12th) and runs until 11:59pm AEST Sunday April 30th 2017. This one doesn’t specifically mention being online only.

Minifigures and clearance items are excluded.

Of particular interest should be the recently listed Assembly Square set. Buying just LEGO the cheapest way to get the Assembly Square is to add a cheap City set. That brings your total to $332.72. About 17% off and a free city set. Note that currently the Assembly Square is not listed as a Creator set, but they may update that and drop the discount down to 15%.

You can view the full Myer LEGO range here.

Sydney Brick Show 2017 – Win A Family Pass

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The Sydney Brick Show returns to Sydney Town Hall these school holidays to bring joy to LEGO fans of all ages.

The show features 2,500m² of LEGO fun on two levels. Featuring new and original LEGO brick creations built by over 100 fans from Sydney and interstate.

First held in 2012, the annual fan event welcomes approx 15,000 visitors for an exciting day out. The Sydney Brick Show is a community event created by volunteer LEGO fans for people of all ages.

The show will feature unique pop-culture, nostalgia, sci-fi and ‘geekery’ builds, plus vintage LEGO displays from your childhood. There will also be retail opportunities, character appearances and giveaways. There will also be a cafe on-site for when you need a break.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for juniors (2 – 16) and a family ticket (4 people) is available for $47. You can purchase your tickets from Ticketmaster. Read on for your chance to win one of two family passes.

The Sydney Brick Show is a not-for-profit event, presented in support of Bear Cottage, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. 2017 show will continue this support, having donated over $60,000 since 2012. Volunteers and families from Bear Cottage will also be attending the event.

You can read more about the event on Facebook or via the event page at the end of the article.