The fantastic looking 71006 The Simpsons House has just appeared on the Australian LEGO Online store. Unfortunately it is priced a little more than Australian fans were probably hoping.
The Bricking Around prediction was $299.99 for this set, but the official price is $329.99. The set is available to purchase from the 1st February.
Considering that this set is $199.99 in the US this seems like a pretty significant markup. Based on our standard conversion formula (US price + 10%, converted to $AU) the set comes out at $245 at current exchange rates. Based on those figures LEGO is placing a 34% percent markup on the converted price.
As a big Simpsons fan I really hope that this isn’t an online exclusive. With consistent sales throughout 2013, if this set is widely available it shouldn’t be difficult to find at 20% or more off. It’s possible that this could be a set that shows up for the mid-year toy sales.
You can view the official store page for the set here http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/The-Simpsons-House-71006
Thanks to Bricking Around reader Nick for letting us know the set had shown up online.
LEGO has overnight released a heap of new photos and official information about 71006 The Simpsons House. There is no Australian price information, but the set is officially being released in February so we shouldn’t have long to wait.
We can take a guess at the price based on the official US price of $199.99 though. Our best comparison is likely to be 10237 The Tower of Orthanc which retails for $199.99 in the US and $279.99 in Australia. 10237 is a good indicator of price because it is 2000+ pieces and part of a licensed theme. The Bricking Around prediction for the Simpsons House is a little higher at $299.99, as the Australian dollar is weaker now than when 10237 was released.
Check out the designer video and press releases below.
The Eurobricks forum has uncovered the first image of 71006 The Simpsons House.
The set looks seriously impressive, with 2523 pieces and 6 Minifigures (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and even Flanders). With a high part count and licensed theme expect this set to be expensive.
It is a somewhat pleasant surprise that all of the main characters from the show are available in a single set. Recent themes such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles required buying multiple sets just to get all 4 turtles. Fans of The Simpsons who don’t normally collect LEGO will be able to get this set as a standalone product.
No details on release date or price for this set yet, but we will keep you informed.
While Australia is one of the last countries in the world to get the actual LEGO Movie (boo!) it looks like we are one of the first to get the LEGO Movie tie-in sets.
The best news is that these sets look quite well priced. Our advice would probably be to hold off buying these sets from LEGO Online directly; we are expecting a lot of marketing for this movie so LEGO is going to want these sets in as many stores as possible. Chances are none of these are going to be hard to find. If you can wait for one of the frequent 20% off sales we have been having then the decent RRPs on these sets become even better value.
If you can’t wait for the retail release you can buy all of these sets from http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/THE-LEGO-MOVIE-ByTheme
Read more for all of the official prices.
The LEGO Online store has been updated, and 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover is now available.
The Australian price is $49.99, compared to $29.99 US. When looking at a straight conversion of the US price (add 10% tax, convert to $AU) that is a markup of around $13. While not the most over the top markup it is higher than some of the other sets.
The set can be purchased from http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/NASA-Mars-Science-Laboratory-Curiosity-Rover-21104
It’s time once again for the Post-Christmas or Boxing Day sales. Unfortunately there are not a lot of LEGO offers this year. With consistent 20% off throughout the year and the annual July Toy Sales it seems that LEGO isn’t a priority of retailers at this time of the year.
Our first offer is 20% off at David Jones
This offer runs until the 5th of January 2014 and excludes both Creator and Friends sets. Creator seems like an unusual inclusion, but is most likely added to prevent discount modulars. This restriction also means sets such as the Horizon Express will not be discounted.
Next, LEGO Online Store is having a clearance sale; 30% off selected sets
You can view all of the deals here, these are mostly older sets.
The latest LEGO Cuusoo product to make it to market is 21104 LEGO® NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover.
The set looks great, and perfectly captures the rover in question. As is typical of Cuusoo sets the actual model appears to be fairly small, but should look great on any desk.
As big fans of NASA’s Mars missions, Bricking Around can’t wait to get hold of one of these.
The set will be available January 1st from the online LEGO Store for $29.99 US. At this stage there is no Australian pricing available, but we have made enquiries and will update if we learn anything new.
Hailed by NASA as a “miracle of engineering” when it landed on Mars in August, 2012, we’re thrilled to present a LEGO set based on this historic spacecraft. The fifth LEGO CUUSOO set, 21104 NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, will be available in the LEGO Shop online for $29.99 from January 1st, 2014.
Stephen Pakbaz (“Perijove“), a Mechanical Engineer who worked on the actual Curiosity rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designed and submitted the rover project to LEGO CUUSOO in late 2011, to further the educational outreach of the Mars Curiosity rover’s mission, and to encourage greater public support for space exploration. His project reached 10,000 supporters within two weeks of the landing in August 2012, and was selected for production by the LEGO Review Board this June.
This LEGO version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets, plus a display plate complete with LEGO brick Martian rocks – perfect for testing out the rover’s go-anywhere suspension! Similar to other LEGO CUUSOO sets, the building instruction booklet also includes background information about the fan builder, the history of Mars exploration, and the real Curiosity Rover.
Bricking Around loves bringing readers details of the latest LEGO Club magazines, and today we found a special edition in the Bricking Around mailbox. LEGO Australia has given all Club Magazine subscribers a special Christmas gift – 30182 Santa.
There was no full magazine but the package also included the following treats:
- A fun Christmas mini-comic, with a huge cast of LEGO characters.
- A 2014 LEGO Catalogue
We will be going through the 2014 catalogue in a separate 2014 preview article coming soon.
At $19.99 for a lifetime subscription the value of the LEGO Club Magazine is often questioned. It’s nice to be rewarded with not only a sneak peak of 2014′s sets, but also an adorable brick-built Santa.
Christmas is fast approaching, and it is predicted that this weekend will be the most popular time for people to finish up their Christmas shopping. With that in mind, Bricking Around has gone through the latest catalogue and rounded up all of the latest offers to make buying those LEGO presents just a little easier.
This week there is no LEGO sale, but they do have the 79103 Turtle Lair Attack set for only $37.50 which is half price. The current catalogue also features some other sets, but they are all at their regular price.
Toys R Us
First up we have a range of LEGO City trucks for $19.99 (VIP Club Price). These sets are pretty easy to find for $20, so not a huge saving there.
There are also some other LEGO City sets reduced by 30%. There are some decent prices in this selection.
Some good deals can also be found on Creator sets. The Treehouse and Aviation Adventure sets are particularly well priced.
Some minor savings to be had on Chima too.
The newest Castle range is on sale for 20% off. While 20% is a good saving, these sets can probably be found cheaper elsewhere.
Target is keeping it simple with 20% off all toys, which obviously includes LEGO. 20% off is pretty common these days, but it is still a good pre-Christmas offer.