Celebrate Star Wars Day With LEGO In Melbourne This Weekend

As most of you will already know, Star Wars Day (May The 4th) is fast approaching. To help celebrate Star Wars and LEGO fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the world of LEGO Star Wars at a building event on the 2nd and 3rd of May at Westfield Southland.

To mark this special event, LEGO Australia is flying in the world’s only father and son LEGO Master Builder duo direct from the US, Dan and Chris Steininger. You may recognise the name Dan Steininger – Dan was here last year to celebrate Star Wars Day. You can check out our interview with him here.

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This year Dan and his son Chris will be building Hans Solo’s mighty Millennium Falcon™ and two fearsome TIE Fighters™ out of LEGO bricks. You will be able to choose your side and help the Master Builders build either the Millennium Falcon™ or the TIE Fighters™ in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

The Millennium Falcon™ model will stretch approximately 4 metres wide and use almost 200,000 LEGO bricks making it the biggest Millennium Falcon™ model ever built from LEGO bricks in the world. Soaring in fierce pursuit will be the two formidable TIE Fighter™ models, each standing at approximately 2m high and built from close to 40,000 LEGO bricks each.

Once completed, the three models will be set against a stellar backdrop, allowing fans to interact with the models and re-enact their own version an epic Star Wars battle scene.

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In addition, there will be exciting new sets from the extensive LEGO Star Wars range on display as well as sneak previews of the new animated series, LEGO Star Wars Droid Tales and Star Wars Rebels episodes. Over the two days, there will also be Star Wars trivia and LEGO speed building challenges with plenty of prizes for up for grabs.

Also, come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character for the chance to win a LEGO Star Wars™ goodie bag.

Saturday May 2nd – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday May 3rd – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or via the Westfield Southland website

Review: LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

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RRP $29.99
Available from most retailers.
On sale for $20 in the Big W catalogue starting Thursday 30th April 2015.

In between working and writing blog posts I don’t really get a lot of time to sit down and read books, but when I was given the opportunity to review the new LEGO® Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia I jumped at the chance.

The 2015 edition of the book features information on minifigures released including those featured in the first batch of 2015 sets.

The Content

When you open up the book you are greeted with a detailed contents broken down by movie or show. There is a lengthy blurb explaining how the book is laid out. The breakdown makes it very easy to find a particular minifigure, but if you are having trouble there is a detailed index in the back of the book. The index also includes set numbers, which is great if you want to learn about minifigures in a particular set.

It would be impractical to have every variation of every Star Wars minifigure ever produced, but DK have got around this by focusing on the most recent version of each character, and highlighting interesting variants. I like the way they have used the information about the variants to show the evolution of the minifigures. As somebody who happened to not be a LEGO fan when the prequel trilogy was released I found the traditional yellow versions of the characters really interesting.

One thing you will notice going through the book is how LEGO’s printing has improved over time. Minifigure designs that are only 15 years old look vastly different to the versions from 2015. Basic lines and shapes are now incredibly detailed prints.

The improvements in the printing are even more apparent because the photography in this book is fantastic. Every minifigure is captured with such clarity that it jumps off the page. You can see detail that you may not have noticed even having the minifigure in front of you.

The pages are also full of really interesting facts. You would have to be the most hardcore Star Wars and LEGO fan to not learn something from this book. Did you know that Jar Jar featured the first moulded minifigure head? I don’t want to spoil the content, but there are heaps of other facts that I jotted down as “interesting” while reading the book.

The Exclusive Minifigure

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One of the best parts of any DK LEGO books is the LEGO attached to the front cover. This edition of the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is no exception. If you were walking past it in a shop your first impression may be that this is a boring old storm trooper or clone trooper but hardcore Star Wars fans will realise that this is a Boba Fett inspired by the original concept art for the character by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston.

With so many Star Wars characters already produced as minifigures it is great to see something different as the exclusive.

Wrapping Up

I have never been a huge collector of Star Wars LEGO, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this book. There is enough interesting information here to keep young and old Star Wars fans entertained.

If I did have any criticism of the book it would be a personal one – as somebody who hasn’t watched the Clone Wars or Rebels cartoons I found those sections a little bit tedious. The different clone troopers all started to blend together and I was actually glad when I finally got past the Clone Wars and into Episode III. Obviously if you were more familiar with those series then these sections would hold more interest.

The only other issue is The Force Awakens, which is released in December this year. That film is going to bring new characters and older versions of existing characters. While Force Awakens sets haven’t been official announced, they are coming. I don’t feel that this is a huge issue – this book is still a fantastic read. I actually think it could be cool to have a few different versions of the book to see how things change over time.

If you are a LEGO Star Wars fan, or even just a minifigure fan, then I highly recommend this book. It would make a great May The 4th present.

Bricking Around was sent a copy of the LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia to review by Penguin Australia.

First Look At 10247 Ferris Wheel

Overnight an image has surfaced online that seems to be of the new Ferris Wheel set coming out shortly.

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The image appears to come from a LEGO store calendar, so our guess is that it’s legitimate.

We think this looks great, and can’t wait to learn more about it. This was rumoured as a mid-May VIP release so we should have more details soon.

Let us know in the comments what you think.

Via http://www.thebrickfan.com/first-look-at-lego-creator-ferris-wheel-10247/

On Sale: Catch Of The Day LEGO Sale

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Online deal site Catch of the day currently have a large selection of LEGO sets for sale. As with all Catch of the day sales this is a limited offer, and stock is already limited for some of the sets listed.

We have run the numbers on a few of the discounts and there are savings of 20% or greater on some sets. If you are looking at the prices don’t forget to factor in delivery costs – there isn’t much point saving $10 if delivery is $20.

You can check out the products on sale here https://www.catchoftheday.com.au/event/46724/

Thanks to Brad for letting us know about the sale.

DC Super Hero Girls To Become New LEGO Range

It’s been a bit of a slow period for LEGO news, but we have come across this potentially interesting announcement from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment;

A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls

When they say universe, they really seem to mean it; this new concept will include “Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products.”

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Here is the initial description from the press release;

Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential.  Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.

Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

So what does this have to do with LEGO? Well even though the press release mentions partnership with Mattel (who now own Mega Bloks) they have decided that The LEGO Group will be the Exclusive Construction Partner. This means that in early 2016 there will be a new line of female focused DC Super Hero Girls LEGO sets.

At this stage we don’t know anything about the range, but our guess is that these sets will feature minidolls rather than standard minifigures. This seems to be LEGO’s preferred option for female focused sets.

We can’t wait to see the products; the biggest complaint with the Friends line has always been the stereotypically feminine storylines and lack of action. A new female focused range with characters that kick butt can only be a good thing, right?

Via http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/04/22/wb-and-dc-entertainment-in-partnership-with-mattel-launch-dc-super-hero-girls

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

Were you worried that the end of the school holidays meant that Toys R Us were going to take a break from sales? Well you can let out a sigh of relief because they are kicking off a new offer.

From tomorrow (Wednesday April 22nd 2015) until Tuesday May 12th Toys R Us are offering Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on selected themes.

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While it may not be all LEGO, the range of included themes is quite good; Ninjago, Chima, Bionicle, Friends, City, Creator, Duplo, Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars and Juniors.

You can check out the catalogue here

71016 The Kwik-E-Mart Now Available For VIPs

The Kwik-E-Mart doesn’t go on sale to the general public until May, but if you happen to have a LEGO VIP account you can order this set right now.

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To access the offer you will need to be logged in to your VIP account. Also, there is a limit of one per household.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/VIP-Early-Access-71016

On Sale: 50% Off Second Toy At Myer

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Will this assault on our wallets easy up any time soon? After their successful sale-within-a-sale last week Myer have decided to try it again, but this time with a slightly different offer.

From today (April 15th 2015) until Sunday 19th April Myer are offering 50% off your second toy.

That is the equivalent of 25% off if you are buying two identically priced items. 25% is of course slightly better than the 20% they are running.

You can view the details of the offer here

Sydney Brick Show 2015 This Weekend

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The Sydney Brick Show has grown in to one of Australia’s largest gatherings for LEGO fans. If you haven’t already got your tickets you’re in luck – while many sessions are limited, there are still tickets available.

If you are in the Sydney area we highly recommend heading out to see the show.

This year the show will feature the world’s first playable experience of the new LEGO Jurassic World Game! While visiting the show this year pop on over to the LEGO Jurassic World Video Game Area and take a pre-release peek, courtesy of Warner Bros. Games Australia.

You can learn more about the event via the event link below, or at http://sydneybrickshow.com.au/

Additional LEGO Dimensions Information

Thanks to the Australian game retailer EB Games, we have some additional information about LEGO Dimensions.

First up, we have the game description.

What is LEGO® Dimensions?

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO® worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman™, Gandalf™ and Wyldstyle™ bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of LEGO® humanity.

Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure – journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one LEGO videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible. LEGO® Bad Cop™ driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?! The LEGO® Ninjago™ Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman™…yes, please! Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with LEGO Dimensions is that there are no rules.

We also have a bit of extra information about the plot

Storyline

There is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilization. Some have agreed. Others have rebelled. And only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex. As they journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations in search of their friends, they soon realize that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

EB Games also have a large range of products listed on their site, including pricing. EB Games will often put stuff up for pre-order with placeholder pricing, so these prices may not be final.

Starter Packs – $169.95

Available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and Wii U. Click on the images to view the larger version.

Level Packs – $49.95

Only the Back To The Future level pack has been announced so far.

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Team Packs – $39.95

We only have one team pack so far, based on Ninjago.

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Fun Packs – $24.95

A heap of different characters. These all look pretty great. Click on the images to view the larger version.

As mentioned, we aren’t certain these are final RRP prices. Let’s hope they actually come in lower; buying one starter pack and all of the packs announced would set you back $584.20

Via https://ebgames.com.au/featured/lego-dimensions

Thanks to Glen for linking us to the EB website.