LEGO Australia’s latest online deal is double VIP points with all purchases in October. This isn’t a bad deal, but other regions are receiving this offer as well as some free sets. Bricking Around will be looking into the difference between the US and Australian offers separately, but in the meantime you can see the details of the offer here.
LEGO® has just announced a new set to be released in January 2014 – the 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E, a recreation of the largest ship in the world. The set is designed for display with a fact plaque and display stand included.
There is currently no information about the Australian pricing but we have made enquiries with LEGO and will update as soon as we find out.
10241 Maersk Line Triple-E
Ages 12+. 1,518 pieces.
Build the Maersk ‘Triple-E’ container vessel – a true giant of the seas!
US $149.99 – CA $179.99 – DE 129.99 € – UK 109.99 £ – DK 1199.00 DKK
Presenting the largest ship in the world – the record-breaking Maersk ‘Triple-E.’ Built from over 1,500 bricks, the model recreates the real vessel in amazing detail. Our LEGO® designers have included rare colors such as medium azur, dark red, sand blue and sand green. There are rotating gold-colored screw blades leading to the brick-built twin propeller engines, which you can view through the window built into the port side of the ship. You can even customize it by adding or removing the containers. This authentic set includes a display stand and fact plaque with detailed information about the ship and, as a finishing touch, there’s the gold coin that is added under the mast of all Maersk Line ships for good luck on their voyages. This model is perfect for LEGO fans!
• Features include rotating gold-colored propeller blades, brick-built twin 8-cylinder engines, viewing window into the engine compartment, adjustable rudders, detachable lifeboats, removable containers, rotating crane arms and a special ‘good luck’ coin
• Includes rare medium azur, dark red, sand blue and sand green colored elements
• Play with the model on carpeted surfaces or mount the model on the display stand
• Building instructions also include interesting facts about the real ship
• Includes 1,518 bricks
• Ship (mounted on stand) measures over 8” (21cm) high, 25” (65cm) long and 3” (9cm) wide
US Retailer Kmart has posted images and details of three of the 2014 Ninjago sets a little earlier than they probably should have.
The set descriptions indicate that these new enemies are cyborgs of some description. This confirms early rumours of a robotic enemy. The images also show a new look for the ninjas themselves – with flowing locks and just a simple face mask. The ninjas look like they are fresh off the set of a shampoo commercial.
Here are the details of the three leaked sets
Battle the Nindroids with Jay’s Thunder Raider featuring attack/speed modes, hidden flick missiles plus Cole’s Earth Mech and Techno-Blade.
Team up Cole and Jay against the Nindroids with Thunder Raider, a versatile Ninja vehicle full of hidden surprises. Attach Cole’s Earth Mech to the back of Jay’s lightning off-roader. Engage speed mode and power effortlessly over rough terrain with the high-grip front tank treads and huge rear wheels. When the Nindroid attacks with its double laser cannon, detach Cole’s Earth Mech and fight back using the golden sword blasters. Transform the awesome Thunder Raider into attack mode to shoot hidden missiles and reload until the Ninjas are victorious! Includes 3 minifigures with weapons: Cole, Jay and a Nindroid.
Escape on the Green Ninja cycle in OverBorg Attack with all-terrain tank bike, mech chair, spinning saw blades, jump ramp and 2 minifigures.
Cyrus Borg has been transformed by technology into OverBorg, and is on a mission to control New Ninjago City and capture the Green Ninja. Help the Green Ninja escape to safety on his super-slick cycle with golden blades. The OverBorg has powered up in his mech chair and is giving chase on his all-terrain tank bike, churning up the road with the two fast-spinning, slicing circular saw blades. Evade the tank bike’s lasers then accelerate onto the ramp and soar over OverBorg’s fearsome machine! Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and accessories: OverBorg and Lloyd.
Put the heat on General Cryptor and grab the Techno-Blade with Kai Fighter with 2 flick missiles, jet engines and speed mode wings.
Kai has taken over a civilian vehicle and used his Techno-Blade to turn it into an awesome red and gold Ninja Fighter! Take off and weave between the skyscrapers of New Ninjago City with Kai in the cockpit. Shoot the gold-tipped flick missiles into the path of the evil General Cryptor and evade blasts from his ground-to-air laser rocket launcher. Defeat General Cryptor then flip the wings back to engage speed mode and zoom away. Includes 2 minifigures with weapons and an accessory: Kai and General Cryptor.
Details from Kmart.com via http://brickfanatics.co.uk/lego-ninjago-2014-set-images/
The latest LEGO Cuusoo project to hit the 10,000 vote mark is simply titled Sherlock, and based on the BBC hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The project gained a rapid influx of votes after Sherlock fan sites sent their viewers to the Cuusoo site.
This project now moves to the review stage, with the next review set to take place in January.
How likely is this project to pass review? Let’s have a look at some of the assessment criteria:
Brand Fit - The show does deal with quite a few adult themes including murder. I believe that LEGO could go either way with this. They might be willing to approve it because it is going to be a limited production set. Back To The Future also has it’s share of adult themes.
Licencing - This project focuses on a specific incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes character, which is going to make licencing a little trickier. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are now public domain, but being based on the TV show an agreement would need to be made with the BBC. From my research there doesn’t seem to have ever been any licencing agreements between the BBC and LEGO. We do know that there is an existing agreement for Doctor Who sets to be produced by Character Building. Without knowing how far this agreement extends there is no way to know if a licence is even possible.
The Actual Set - There doesn’t seem to be any immediate issues with the actual set design. It is quite modest in terms of part count, and doesn’t require the creation of new one-off molds. The proposed set could easily be created with stickers or printed bricks. The included minifigures all look reasonably simple too, and the number could easily be scaled back from all of the characters to just Sherlock and Watson.
Conclusion - Sherlock is a great show that deservedly has quite a following, but it seems unlikely that this project is going to pass review.
Target is celebrating/capitalising on the school holidays with 20% off all toys (including LEGO) from September 26th through to October 2nd.
They have also increased the discount to 30% for all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sets. This could be a great chance to get those turtles you hadn’t picked up yet.
Australian specialist LEGO® retailer Shop For Me are running another of their frequent Blitzathon sales today.(20th September). The Blitzathon features a different LEGO deal every hour, starting from 11am.
Some of the sets on special include 10234 Sydney Opera House and 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine
Be sure to check the site regularly to see all of the specials on offer.
It certainly seems to be the season for LEGO® deals. From now until October 13 Myer is having a toy sale with 20% off LEGO products. Bricking Around reader Nick reports that there is an additional 10% off for Myer One members*.
According to the catalogue there are some items with a higher discount such as Lego Tower Bridge 10214 for only $299, which is a $100 saving on the RRP. This set can be quite hard to find, so expect this deal to be snapped up quickly.
You can check out more details of the sale here
Thanks to Bricking Around reader Nick for the tip!
*Note regarding the additional 10% off – This should be applied in store as 10% off the price after taking the 20% off. It’s not quite a total of 30% off. For example a $100 set would go down to $72.
Since the iPhone first gained popularity there have been a huge variety of unofficial LEGO iPhone cases available, but now Belkin has partnered with LEGO to produce an officially licensed LEGO iPhone case. Does being an offically licensed product mean it meets the same high standard that LEGO bricks aspire too?
I have been an iPhone user for a few years, starting with the 4S and then moving to the iPhone 5 shortly after it was released. I am also somebody that has never had a case on my phone. I just use a simple pouch to protect my phone from scratches when it’s in my pocket. I had never found a case that offered me something to justify adding the extra weight and bulk to my phone. That was before Belkin announced the builder case.
This Saturday the 14th of September Myer is having a 20% Toys sale. This is a one day only sale so don’t miss out.
If you missed out on the toy sales this could be a great opportunity to pick up some of the more exclusive sets like the Horizon Express and the Mini Modulars.
Check out the details of the sale here (PDF Link)