Crowdfunding Update

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As I’m sure everybody realised, my post yesterday was a bit of fun to celebrate April Fool’s Day.

I don’t employee the services of international ghost-writers, and I trawl through the catalogues and websites myself to look for sales; that isn’t outsourced to a dodgy agency in some random country.

What you may not have realised is that the crowd-funding campaign I set up is technically a real campaign. Some of the rewards might be a bit of a joke but if you have ever wanted to donate to the site you can do so via that campaign. Any donation would be graciously accepted and go back towards making the site the best that it can be. I’ll honour every reward tier.

The goals I mentioned in the campaign are real goals that I have for this site – more reviews including innovative features, video reviews, more giveaways. I hope to achieve those goals independently, but any donations would certainly help make those possible sooner.

You can view the crowdfunding campaign here.

My original April Fool’s idea was a fake press release claiming LEGO was going to end sticker use by 2020, but that just seemed cruel. I hate stickers.

Bricking Around Crowdfunding Campaign Now Live

For nearly four years Bricking Around has been bringing you a huge variety of LEGO news, including coverage of hundreds of LEGO sales.

Keeping this site running takes a heap of time, effort and of course money. The costs of paying for an extensive team of international ghost-writers isn’t cheap, and a recent crackdown on child labour in a certain country has meant the agency I pay to check for new sales has shut down. This means that I have had to devote more time to producing content myself.

After weighing up various options to raise more money for the site (such as increase the ad count from 1 to 30) I have decided the best option is to launch a crowdfunding campaign with some great rewards. You can now help support this site while getting something out of it to.

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Money raised will be used to buy equipment and sets to review, as well as products for giveaways.

One of the most exciting rewards is the $45 BUTT Brick. An exclusive 2×4 brick engraved with the word “BUTT”. A fantastic conversation starter for an amazing price.

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There are even more exciting rewards on offer, so be sure to check out the campaign.

On Sale: 30% Off 2016 Sets At Twoscoops

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Online retailer Twoscoops are having a bit of a clearance sale to get rid of their 2016 sets, and I can’t think of many better ways to clear out stock than a 30% off sale.

It’s a little hard to track down the sale sets as there is no direct link but if you are willing to go through their LEGO listing then there are savings to be had.

This is a clearance sale so it is strictly while stocks last. As always don’t forget to factor postage into your savings.

Page 4 of their LEGO listing seems to be where the sale sets start.

Thanks to Greg for letting me know about this.

Central Coast Brickfest This Sunday

The Rainbow Bricks LUG team are at it again with another show. This time it’s the return of the Central Coast Brickfest, this year at a new venue. This year’s show takes place at Wyong Race Club 71-73 Howarth Street, Wyong on Sunday April 2nd. Doors open at 10am and the show runs until 4pm.

Central Coast Brickfest 2017

For just $5 per person ($15 for families) you’ll be able to check out amazing creations from builders across New South Wales. Tickets available at the door.

Young builders will be able to have a play in the Build Area and there will be LEGO sets, parts and merchandise for sale on the day too.

Proceeds from this event support the Wyong High School P&C.

You can learn more via the event page below, or via the Facebook page.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Kmart

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This may be our last entry in the 2017 April School holiday lineup but it’s a pretty good offer that Kmart are serving up.

From today (March 30th) until April 19th Kmart are offering a range of sets for reduced prices.

There are plenty of LEGO Batman discounts, as well as savings across several other themes. Prices for a lot of these are below the 25% off you’ll find at Myer.

You can check out the full listing below or view the catalogue for yourself here.

 
Set #
Set Name
Theme
Price
Full RRP
Full RRP Discount
Discount %
70904Clayface Splat AttackThe LEGO Batman Movie$35.00$49.99$14.9930%
70903The Riddler Riddle RacerThe LEGO Batman Movie$35.00$49.99$14.9930%
70902Catwoman Catcycle ChaseThe LEGO Batman Movie$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
70910Scarecrow Special DeliveryThe LEGO Batman Movie$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
70905The BatmobileThe LEGO Batman Movie$68.00$99.99$31.9932%
70900The Joker Balloon EscapeThe LEGO Batman Movie$15.00$22.99$7.9935%
70906The Joker Notorious LowriderThe LEGO Batman Movie$68.00$89.99$21.9924%
70911The Penguin Arctic RollerThe LEGO Batman Movie$35.00$49.99$14.9930%
60137Tow Truck TroubleCity$18.00$29.99$11.9940%
60150Pizza VanCity$18.00$29.99$11.9940%
60147Fishing BoatCity$18.00$29.99$11.9940%
60101Airport Cargo PlaneCity$18.00$29.99$11.9940%
60117Van & CaravanCity$18.00$29.99$11.9940%
70622Desert LightningNinjago$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
70624Vermillion InvaderNinjago$35.00$44.99$9.9922%
70319Macy's Thunder MaceNexo Knights$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
70350The Three BrothersNexo Knights$39.00$49.99$10.9922%
10703Creative Builder BoxClassic$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
10823Batwing AdventureDuplo$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
10834PizzeriaDuplo$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
10848My First Building BlocksDuplo$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
41305Emma's Photo StudioFriends$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
41306Mia's Beach ScooterFriends$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
41128Amusement Park Space RideFriends$22.00$29.99$7.9927%
41311Heartlake PizzeriaFriends$29.00$39.99$10.9927%
41312Heartlake Sports CentreFriends$44.00$59.99$15.9927%
41125Horse Vet TrailerFriends$44.00$59.99$15.9927%
41230Batgirl Batjet ChaseDC Super Hero Girls$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
41233Lashina TankDC Super Hero Girls$15.00$19.99$4.9925%
41235Wonder Woman Dorm RoomDC Super Hero Girls$29.00$34.99$5.9917%
41067Belle's Enchanted CastleDisney Princess$59.00$79.99$20.9926%
41181Naida's Gondola & the Goblin ThiefElves$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
41182The Capture of Sophie JonesElves$19.00$29.99$10.9937%

On Sale: 28.75% Off At Myer’s eBay Store

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I checked the Myer eBay store earlier this morning and they had not yet updated it with the 25% off. Thankfully Nicholas got in touch to tell me it’s now live.

The best part? eBay currently has an additional 5% off using the code CAU5.

Unfortunately it’s not an extra 10% off but the saving does work out to a pretty impressive 28.75%.

View the Myer eBay range here. It’s not the same list as the Myer website but there are nearly 100 sets on offer.

On Sale: Selected Sets On Sale At Big W

Big W are getting in on the LEGO Batman Movie action with a catalogue packed with merchandise on sale including several sets. There are also a few sets on sale from other themes too.

The merchandise on offer covers a range of different categories – there’s books, bedding, clothes, stationery, clocks, keyrings and partyware (Click the picture to view that page if you are interested).

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While all that stuff is great for younger fans, I know a lot of you are only interested in the sets. Well the prices on offer for either match or beat the Myer 25% off prices.

This catalogue kicks off tomorrow (March 30th) and runs until April 12th 2017. It’s not currently on the Big W website but you can view it via Lasoo.com.au.

Here’s the details of the featured sets…

 
Set #
Set Name
Theme
Price
Full RRP
Full RRP Discount
Discount %
70909Batcave Break-InThe LEGO Batman Movie$129.00$179.99$50.9928%
70901Mr. Freeze Ice AttackThe LEGO Batman Movie$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
70902Catwoman Catcycle ChaseThe LEGO Batman Movie$25.00$34.99$9.9929%
70904Clayface Splat AttackThe LEGO Batman Movie$35.00$49.99$14.9930%
70908The ScuttlerThe LEGO Batman Movie$110.00$149.99$39.9927%
70362Battle Suit ClayNexo Knights$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
70363Battle Suit MacyNexo Knights$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
70366Battle Suit LanceNexo Knights$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
60144Race PlaneCity$12$15.99$3.9925%
60145BuggyCity$12$15.99$3.9925%
60146Stunt TruckCity$12$15.99$3.9925%
31056Green CruiserCreator$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
31057Air BlazerCreator$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
41123Foal's Washing StationFriends$12$15.99$3.9925%
41308Stephanie's Friendship CakesFriends$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
41300Puppy ChampionshipFriends$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
41310Heartlake Gift DeliveryFriends$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
41067Belle's Enchanted CastleDisney Princess$59.00$79.99$20.9926%

There is also a competition being offered by Big W – Spend $25 or more on LEGO Batman products and go in the draw to win a trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia. You can find more details and enter at http://www.prizepromotions.com.au/winatrip

On Sale: 25% Off At Myer

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The school holidays approach and in anticipation the retailers are getting ready to pounce on parents looking for something to keep their kids quiet. This offer from Myer is a fantastic first entry in the lineup.

From today until (I think) Sunday April 2nd Myer are offering 25% off all full priced LEGO.

Unlike their last few sales this does include The LEGO Batman Movie sets. Minifigures and clearance sets are still excluded.

You can check out their online range here.

The website does not specifically say if this is available in-store, but it doesn’t mention it being online only.

Thanks to Chris and Stephen for letting me know about this.

The LEGO Batman Movie Review

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The LEGO Batman Movie in cinemas March 30th.
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After a delay that felt a lot longer than it was, The LEGO Batman Movie hits Australian cinemas this week. I got to attend the Brisbane premier over the weekend in order to provide you all with a review. Is the movie worth the wait? Read on to find out.

This review talks about some of the basic plot, but doesn’t contain any specific spoilers.

For a lot of people, LEGO Batman was one of the stand-outs of The LEGO Movie so he was naturally a great subject for a standalone adventure. That is actually a fairly accurate assessment – this movie feels very much like it was designed to stand up without any knowledge of the The LEGO Movie. There are a few references that people will spot, but there is no outright linking between the two. There’s no mention of the heroes from the last film for example. I would have loved a cameo or two just to tie the two films together a little more.

Towers of Tomorrow Exhibit At Ipswich Art Gallery

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LEGO fans in the greater Brisbane area looking for something to do these school holidays have a new activity to add to their list. After starting out in Sydney the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks exhibit has now made it’s way to the Ipswich Art Gallery.

The show features twelve iconic towers from Australian and Asian cities masterfully recreated using LEGO bricks at 1:200 scale. Locals will recognise Brisbane’s own Infinity Tower and the Gold Coast’s Q1. Also on display are Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and the Sydney Tower.

International buildings include Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and China’s tallest building Shanghai Tower.

The creations on display are all the work of Australia’s Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught.

You will also have a chance to build your own mini architectural creations to add to the skyline.

The exhibit runs from Saturday March 25th until Sunday July 9th at the Ipswich Art Gallery on d’Arcy Doyle Place; a pedestrian mall section of Nicholas Street between Brisbane and Limestone Streets in the Ipswich CBD. You can find out how to get there on the gallery’s website.

There are 4 sessions per day, with tickets costing just $5 per person. Session times are 10am-11:30am; 11:30am-1pm; 2pm-3:30pm; 3:30pm-5pm. Entry is free for children under 3.

Bookings are essential and can be made via the website. Click here to book your session.

Thanks to Brad for letting me know about this event.