Could These Be The LEGO Simpsons Sets?

The Simpsons LEGO

A rumoured list of 2014 Simpsons LEGO sets has been making the rounds online. If true it looks like this range could be popular with Simpsons fans. The minifigure lineup and grouping generally seems pretty good.

Bart’s Skate Trick, £10 minifigs: Bart & Milhouse
- This seems like it’s going to be a good little set for Bart fans to pick up. With two licensed minifigures don’t expect a lot of parts in this one.

Homer at the Control Panel, £20, minifigs: Homer, Burns, & Smithers
- No surprises that the designers included this location. Hopefully it includes printed bricks rather than a lot of stickers. Burns and Smithers are a good choice of figures for this set.

Lisa’s Sax Performance, £30, minifigs: Lisa, Marge, Sherri, and Terri
- This is the one that seems a little  strange. Sherri and Terri hardly seem like iconic characters. Ralph Wiggum and Principal Skinner might have been better choices.

Springfield Shops, £50, minifigs: Bart, cashier at Krusty Burger, Krusty, Apu, and Nelson
- A great lineup in this one. If the actual shops look good this could be a popular product.

Simpson’s House,  £70, minifigs: Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Grandpa, Flanders, and Santa’s Little Helper
- This is the one every Simpsons fan is going to want. The minifigure lineup almost seems too good to be true. Getting all of the family (even Abe) in one set is a nice move by LEGO.

Overall this looks like a good lineup of sets. They touch on all the iconic elements from the series without touching on the slightly more controversial areas (Like Moe’s for example). Hopefully this is a genuine list.

Via Brickset

Online Deal – 20% Off Toys At Target

Target 20 Percent Off

Target currently have an online only deal for 20% off toys – which means discount LEGO! The offer is valid until the 11th August 2013.

Check out their online LEGO range here: http://shop.target.com.au/toys?order=cat,brand-0&brand-0=lego

LEGO Deal At Fishpond

Fishpond have a limited time special on toys. Spend over $20 and get $10 off your order with the following code

MUSIC54

Click here to take advantage of this offer
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The offer ends August 12th. You must be a registered user to use this code.

Thanks to Whirlpool user BRK for sharing this offer.
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2136701&p=16#r307

LEGO At The Ekka

LEGO At The Ekka

Brisbane LEGO fans will have a chance to meet Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught at the Ekka this year. Ryan will have his awesome Love Boat model on display, and will also be doing a daily talk. Anybody heading to the Ekka should check it out.

The LEGO display is located in the The Courier-Mail Learning Fun Pavilion and is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Ryan will also be presenting FIFTY QUESTIONS ABOUT LEGO WITH RYAN MCNAUGHT daily at 12:30pm.

Listen to the only LEGO certified professional in the southern hemisphere speak about LEGO and the behind the scenes tales in building the spectacular LEGO models.

Ekka tickets are $17 for kids and $28 for adults. There are also family passes available.

LEGO Display details here
Ryan’s presentation details here

What’s In Store? August 7th 2013

LEGO In Store

What’s in store is where Bricking Around has a look at the latest retailer catalogues for any Australian LEGO deals.

Target – Ends 14th August 2013
Target is advertising 20 new LEGO products in store. These new products include the new Friends sets as well as new City sets. All are priced below RRP, but this seems to be standard practice for the large retailers.
Link http://www.lasoo.com.au/catalogue/target-catalogue-get-more-of-what-s-rock-n-this-season/4vgzrs1vc.html?pid=promotedCatalogue#pageNo=20

Toys R Us - Ends 20th August 2013
Toys R Us are celebrating Truck Month with some specials on  LEGO Trucks. LEGO City Cement Mixer, Flatbed Truck, Garbage Truck and Fire Truck are all reduced from $29.99 to just $19.99. They also have the newly released LEGO City Monster Truck Transport, Cargo Truck and Grand Prix Truck sets for $34.99 (save $5).
Link http://www.lasoo.com.au/catalogue/toys-r-us-catalogue-tough-trucks/4vjtk4j9i.html?pid=promotedCatalogue#pageNo=2

The Simpsons coming in 2014

The Simpsons LEGO

There were rumors floating around in March this year that The Simpsons would be the newest theme for The LEGO Group, and now it appears to be confirmed. LEGO marketing director Mads Nipper stated “We’ll see Homer, Bart, Marge and the others next year”.

There was a lot of mixed opinions when the rumors first appeared, and those comments have started popping up again. It is certainly true that The Simpsons has touched on a lot of adult themes over it’s long lifetime (including drug use and alcohol addiction) but at its core there is a lot of family friendly content that can be explored. There are very adult themes in a lot of LEGO themes – for example Star Wars Episode III features Anakin Skywalker slaughtering children (admittedly this happens off-screen). The presence of mature content doesn’t rule out all elements of a franchise.

What sort of sets can LEGO fans expect? That will be the biggest surprise. The Simpsons has a huge cast characters and features locations from all over Springfield. Hopefully we will see iconic locations such as 742 Evergreen Terrace. One possible indication comes from the original article…

One of the most-loved, arch American families are now emerging as LEGO figures.

Could LEGO’s first Simpsons products be a minifigure series? This could actually make sense. It would allow LEGO to test the popularity of the theme without investing a lot of time on set design. It also allows for a large cast of characters to be introduced very quickly.

Whatever LEGO decides to do it seems it is going to be polarizing.

Via http://brickset.com/news/article/?ID=7270

Iron Patriot Minifigure Available From EB Games

LEGO Marvel Iron Patriot

The exclusive Iron Patriot minifigure is available for Australians who pre-order the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game from EB Games. The Marvel Super Heroes games looks like a heap of fun, and getting an exclusive minifigure just sweetens the deal.

You can pre-order your specific version of the game here.

The game is available for all current consoles: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.
It will also be available for Next Gen consoles Xbox One and PS4.

The game is released in November 2013.

Via EB Games

Latest LEGO Online Store Deals

LEGO has kicked off August with two new offers for Australian customers.

The first offer is a Galaxy Squad polybag.

Receive a free Mini Mech once your order reaches $100
LEGO Galaxy Squad 30230

The second offer is for Friends fans.

Free Ice Cream Stand with any Friends purchase
LEGO Friends 30106

LEGO 21050 – Architecture Studio

LEGO Studio 21050

Seemingly out of nowhere this new set popped up as a Barnes & Noble exclusive in the US.

This looks like a great set for adult fans with a keen interest in architectural models. The set features 1210 pieces, and all of them are either white or transparent. Also included is plastic sorting trays.

This set really is an adult version of a classic brick bucket, designed to inspire creative building. There are no instructions, just a huge “guidebook” with tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises.

Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO® form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!

This set is not currently available on the Australian LEGO website but it is available from Barnes & Noble, who do ship to Australia. Bricking Around quickly checked, and based on the current exchange rate and a QLD address you should be able to get this set shipped to you for around $180 Australian. At around $0.149 per piece it seems a little expensive, but the set does include that huge booklet and the sorting trays.

Bricking Around will keep an eye out for an official Australian release and price.

Image and set info via http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Studio-21050 

How much is a minifigure worth?

LEGO Azog

San Diego ComicCon is always an interesting event for LEGO fans. The company always has a large presence there, and uses the event to announce new products. They also release a few exclusive items for people who attend the event, and these usually find there way to eBay at high prices. This year, something crazy is happening.

The Azog minifigure is selling on eBay for over $1500. Currently the auction is sitting at approximately AU $1,656.71 with a day still to go. The figure is limited to 100, but that just seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a single minifigure. Will the item retain it’s value in the future? There is also no way of knowing if the figure will appear in future sets. There are still 2 Hobbit movies to be released, and it is possible that a future set will contain the character. Would LEGO have really produced a new mould for 100 figures?

Of course Azog isn’t the first minifigure to shock people with it’s eBay prices. LEGO caused a lot of people to get upset by introducing Mr Gold to the series 10 minifigure collection. Bricking Around has witnessed the mess caused by this first hand – Series 10 packets spread from one end of the toy section to the other by people searching for Mr Gold.

LEGO Mr Gold

So far 1294/5000 Mr Gold figures have been found and registered online. There are undoubtedly more that have been found but went straight on eBay.

One Australian listing of Mr Gold is currently sitting at AU $640.00 with just 12 hours to go. Are those people lucky enough to find Mr Gold responsible for putting such a high price on the figure? It doesn’t seem so. This particular auction has 19 bids, and the starting price was just $0.99. It seems that the market thinks this figure is worth more than two modular buildings.

It really seems that there are two types of LEGO fans – those that love to build with LEGO, and those who like to collect it.

Bricking Around would love to know – what is the most you have ever paid for a minifigure, and what was it?

Image via http://www.fbtb.net/
Mr Gold Image via http://minifigures.lego.com/en-us/GoldenMinifigure/Default.aspx