10242 MINI Cooper Now Available For VIPs

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LEGO VIP customers can now purchase the 10242 Mini Cooper Set.

This great looking Creator Expert set is available for $149.99 and you will also receive the exclusive miniature version of the Mini Cooper for free.

Unfortunately after the recent shipping change you will need to find another $50.01 worth of items to qualify for free shipping.

Click here to purchase the set  (You will need to be logged in to your VIP account)

LEGO Increases Free Shipping Threshold By $50

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For LEGO fans looking to buy something hard to find or exclusive the official Australian online LEGO store was a good option. They do sell at Australian RRP, but the inclusion of regular bonuses meant it was easy to justify the little extra. Unfortunately, as of today, the free shipping threshold has increased from $150 to $200. To some it may not seem like a big difference, but it will make the online store less appealing for a lot of shoppers.

A good example of the problem is new Star Wars set 75054 AT-AT. With a price of $169.99 this set previously qualified for free shipping. As of today you will either have to pay $35 shipping or add an extra $30.01 worth of LEGO to your order. If you have a strict budget then the online store just no longer became an option.

Here is what the online store website says

We strive to offer you an unrivaled shopper experience. Due to changes with our shipping logistics, we have recently had to review our free shipping threshold.

As far as we can tell there have been no increases to their standard shipping charges, which have always been high. The minimum delivery charge is $25.00.

What can you do about this change?

The first thing we suggest is contact LEGO customer service and tell them that you aren’t happy with the change. We aren’t sure if LEGO will revise their position, so your next option is to shop around. Stay up to date with sales and check Amazon.com. With a lot more sets shipping to Australia and some good sales Amazon has become one of the cheapest ways to get LEGO.

Thanks to everybody who made us aware of the change

LEGO Online Store – New July Offer

If you weren’t a fan of the Frax Flyer giveaway that was running at the start of the month then the LEGO online store has a new offer that you may like. This set looks like it has some more interesting parts.

Free Chima Worriz Fire Bike With Orders Over $45

LEGO July Offer Free Worriz Fire Bike

Your free LEGO® Legends of Chima™ Worriz’ Fire Bike will be automatically added to your shopping bag with orders of $45 or more

You can find more information here

Amazon Sale: Buy One, Get One 40% Off

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It looks like the toy sale mania has spread to the US. Amazon have just kicked off a Buy 1, Get 1 40% Off sale on a range of products including a range of LEGO. It’s not exactly the broadest range, but there are still some decent sets included in the offer. Of particular note is the new Guardians Of The Galaxy sets. These aren’t released in Australia until August, so it is very surprising to see such new sets included in a sale. Also included is the X-Men vs Sentinel set that we know people were interested in. That set is not in the Australian retail catalogue, so we don’t know when that will be showing up here.

Click here to view the offer – Buy One, Get One 40% Off

This is a limited sale, and we aren’t sure exactly when it will end.

We generally try and run the numbers on all of the Amazon offers that we post here, but with such a variety of sets available it is going to be impossible for us to check every combination. We suggest that before you hit that final confirmation button you have a quick look at the total in Australian dollars and compare that to the Australian retail price (which you can find here). With 20% off being fairly common in Australia, we suggest that as your baseline for saving money.

2014 Toy Sales: All The Deals From Target

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As the other stores raise their prices back up, Target are just showing up to the 2014 Toy Sale party. The delay has certainly raised some expectations; especially with the sale being marketed as ”The Greatest Toy Sale on Earth”

Has Target pulled off a shock late win in the battle for our LEGO budgets? The main discount on offer is

20% Off LEGO

which is fairly common, and doesn’t exactly scream ‘greatest toy sale on Earth’. The Ewok Village and R2-D2 sets are good exclusives, and they are going to be popular. There are also a few sets with higher discounts.

For comparison we have had a look at the Amazon price for the Ewok Village. Based on standard shipping to our Brisbane address the Amazon price works out to be $301.98 AU. For a only a few dollars difference we suggest getting this from Target, but if stock runs out you do have other options that won’t cost you more. Here is the Amazon link for anybody interested: LEGO Star Wars 10236 Ewok Village

The sale runs from next Wednesday 23rd July until Wednesday 8th August. Starts online this Friday 18th July 2014.

Check out the catalogue here

Let’s have a look at all of the offers, as we have done with all of the major toy sales.

Set #
Set Name
Sale Price
Target Discount
Discount %

Star Wars

10236Ewok Village$309.00$80.0020.57%
10225R2-D2$199.00$50.0020.08%
75034Death Star Trooper$17.00$5.0022.73%
75042Droid Gunship$63.00$16.0020.25%
75043AT-AP$78.00$21.0021.21%

LEGO City

60060Auto Transporter$29.00$11.0027.50%
60058SUV With Watercraft$24.00$6.0020.00%
60015Coast Guard Plane$45.00$14.0023.73%
60046Helicopter Surveillance$79.00$20.0020.20%
60047Police Station$95.00$44.0031.65%

Disney Princess

41055Cinderella's Castle$78.00$21.0021.21%

Ninjago

70722OverBorg Attack$23.00$6.0020.69%
70727X-1 Ninja Charger$47.00$12.0020.34%
70728Battle For Ninjago City$118.00$31.0020.81%

Friends

41056Heartlake News Van$32.00$8.0020.00%
41015Dolphin Cruiser$75.00$24.0024.24%
3315Olivia's House$75.00$34.0031.19%

Duplo

10557Giant Tower$69.00$20.0022.47%
10569Treasure Attack$39.00$10.0020.41%
10525Big Farm$66.00$23.0025.84%
10542Sleeping Beauty's Fairytale$39.00$10.0020.41%

On Sale: Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price At Toys R Us (Selected Themes)

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Are you feeling down that the Toys R Us mid-year toy sale is wrapping up today? Well never fear, because they are backing up with another sale.

From tomorrow (July 16th 2014) Toys R Us are offering a Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price sale on selected themes. Unfortunately the sale only applies to a few themes, but at least they aren’t obscure or unpopular themes. You will be able to mix and match sets from LEGO Star Wars, Creator, Chima and Duplo.

Toys R Us Selected 50pc Off Second

Click here to check out the catalogue

Ipswich Brick Event 2014 Review & Photos

Ipswich Brick Event 2014

On a cold Saturday morning I resisted the urge to stay in bed and made the trip out to the 2nd Ipswich Brick Event. Organised by QLUG and BrickEvents Pty Ltd the Ipswich Brick Event brings together builders from all over Brisbane to show off their creations.

Be sure to view our collection of photos from the event below.

In Store Release Schedule For The Second Half Of 2014

2nd Half 2014 Catalogue

There are plenty of new LEGO sets on their way. We have got our hands on the latest retail catalogue and spent time going through all the various themes to work out when you can expect sets to show up in stores.

The retail catalogues don’t show exclusives or online only sets, just items that will be widely available. If there is something you are interested in that isn’t on the list let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to find out.

Most of these new sets are already available from LEGO’s online store, but the best way to get items on sale is to wait for the retail release.

Who Won Our LEGO Movie Blu-Ray Competition?

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We would like to say a huge thanks to everybody who took the time to enter this competition. We really enjoyed reading through all of your awesome LEGO moments. Unfortunately there can only be 5 winners; and here they are, including their awesome LEGO moments.

Kay

Reliving childhood memories of playing lego as a late 20 year old and being able to afford any lego set without my parents permission :D

Helena

My awesome LEGO moment was when my English teacher gave me a blue permanent marker which has a yellow Lego lid. I use it all the time because it is awesome!

Joanne

The morning my daughter got up to see the awesome Lego dolls house my husband and I had made her! Her face was priceless.

Caroline

My husband and my daughter spend a whole day making me a Lego dinner! I came home from work and it was set and on the table! (Unfortunately – I still then had to make the real tea!)

Hugh

When I discovered that the flat plates can connect orthogonally between the studs of other bricks. I had previously thought this was only possible by using a third piece, like the angular brick (407023).

We will be in touch shortly to organise delivery of your prize.

Greenpeace Take On LEGO Over Shell Partnership

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It will certainly come as no surprise to learn that Greenpeace has a problem with Shell. Environmental groups and oil companies are never usually in agreement, but now our favourite toy brand has been dragged in to the battle.

At Bricking Around we try and avoid topics that are known to cause comment sections to descend into chaos – such as politics – so we are going to do our best to keep this discussion factual. We don’t want to get into a climate change debate; that’s not what Bricking Around is about. It is also worth pointing out that this is a LEGO blog and our opinions are going to be somewhat biased. We will do our best to look at this objectively.