Happy Father’s Day

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Bricking Around would like to extend a very happy father’s day to all the LEGO dads out there.

We hope you managed to score some sets from your kids! Let us know in the comments.

Gold Coast Brick Event 2014 – 20th & 21st September

South-east Queensland is becoming quite a hotspot for LEGO events with North, South and West all covered. Following hugely popular Brick Events at Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast, Brick Events Pty Ltd has announced that it is returning to the Gold Coast in September 2014.

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The Gold Coast Brick Event, will be the biggest event of its kind held so far on the Gold Coast and will feature over 40 different exhibits created by the talented brick builders from QLUG – Queensland LEGO® User Group.

Themes on display encompass Space and Star Wars, City (with working trains), Friends, Harry Potter, Medieval, Castle, Duplo City, operating Technic vehicles, Pirates, and much much more. Build and play tables will also be popular with children and the adults of all ages and LEGO retail outlets will offer fans all the latest in LEGO® products, games, merchandise and jewellery creations.

The most popular display with fans is the Space/Star Wars space station, painstakingly created over many years by a local Gold Coast member. The sheer number of minifigures in this display is impressive and one not to be missed.

Opening hours for entry will be Saturday 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday 9am to 3:30pm. Admission for Adults $12.00, Children $6.00 (3-15), Family (2adults & up to 4 children) $40.00, Children under 3 FREE with tickets being available at the door (cash & EFTPOS available).

Check out the event page for more information


www.brickevents.com.au
www.facebook.com/BrickEventsPtyLtd

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

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It would seem that Toys R Us just love having LEGO sales. With their 20% Off Selected Sets sale wrapping up yesterday, we were starting to worry that LEGO fans were going to have to pay full price.

Luckily, Toys R Us have decided that the best follow-up to a LEGO sale is an even better LEGO sale.

From Wednesday 3rd September 2014 until Tuesday 16th Toys R Us are doing Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price on selected themes. That works out at 25% off for two identically priced items.

Themes included in the sale are

  • Technic
  • TMNT
  • Chima
  • City
  • Friends
  • Creator

Shoppers are also allowed to mix and match across themes. For example you can get 50% off a Creator set when you buy a Friends set. Half price item must be of equal or lesser value.

You can check out the catalogue here, or browse the sale online here

Sneak Peak of 75060 UCS Slave I

We don’t have an official press release yet, but several images of the Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series set – 75060 Slave I – have surfaced in a YouTube video by a user named just2good.

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We will update the article when we have more information, but in the meantime check out all of the pictures in the video below.

If the video above does not load, click here for the direct link

What’s New For September 2014

Spring is here, and with it there is a new LEGO products available.

We were hoping that we would also see a new online offer, but it seems that Australia misses out on a bonus this month. The current rumour is Double VIP points in October, so it may be better to hold of.

Here is a list of all of the new sets that are scheduled for release this month

Mixels Series 3

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Series 3 features the Glorp Corp, Spikels and Wiztastics. All 9 characters are due for a September retail release so should start appearing in-store soon.

They are also now available on the Australian online store. http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-Mixels-ByTheme

 

Ultra Agents

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These sets have been available online for a few months now, but they should start appearing in stores over the next few weeks.

Advent Calendars

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Christmas is still a while away, but the Advent Calendar sets will appear in stores this month. There are the standard line-up of three; City, Star Wars and Friends.

All three are also available online

The Tumbler

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Now available online for non-VIP customers. http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/The-Tumbler-76023

 

 

On Sale: Catch of The Day LEGO Deals This Monday

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We don’t have a lot of information on this one but we wanted to share it before the sale kicks off.

This Monday (1st September 2014) from 12PM AEST Catch of The Day will be offering selected LEGO products on sale.

Catch of The Day sales can disappear pretty quickly if they are well priced. Be sure to check the prices before making any purchases. If the set is new and common you should be able to get it elsewhere for 20% at other times of the year. If the preview image is any indication, there could be some interesting items.

http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/

Update

The sale is now live, but the few good deals appear to have already been snapped up within the 90 minutes. Generally the sale is disappointing, with most sets under 15% off. When you add in postage those discounts are quickly made redundant.

Here are a few sets that may still be worth considering, as they have more than 25% discount.

The Millennium Falcon was also a good price, but has now sold out.

There are also the following older sets, which are listed as Retired on the Australian online store.

  • LEGO® Legends of Chima Cragger’s Command Ship $99.99
  • LEGO® Star Wars The Malevolence Set $159.00
  • LEGO® Ninjago Battle Storage Case $17.95
  • LEGO® Legends of Chima: Nest Dive $14.95
  • LEGO® Legends of Chima: Tower Target $14.95
  • LEGO® Summer Riding Camp $139.99

You can find those sets listed here http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/event/41107/

Massive 2015 Set Rumour Roundup

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The LEGO world has been buzzing the last few days with a heap of information about next year’s line-up being leaked. The information comes via the Eurobricks LEGO forum, where some mysterious users have been sharing New Zealand prices for a huge list of sets.

New Zealand prices and Australian prices are usually reasonably close so while these lists won’t give us an exact guide to next year, it least gives us a sense of the size of each set.

There are definitely some interesting sets in the list. Check out the full breakdown below.

On Sale: $10 Off For Every $50 Spent At Myer

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As part of their Myer One 10th Birthday celebrations Myer are offering $10 off for every $50 spent on toys.

This sale runs from Thursday 28th August 2014 until Saturday 30th and you will need to be a Myer One member to take advantage of the offer. If you aren’t already a member you can join online. If you have an iPhone or Android device you can download the Myer One app which can be scanned in store.

This sale is not quite as straight forward as a regular 20% off. The offer is for $10 off for every $50 you spend, so a $89 set would only go down to $79. To take full advantage of the sale you may want to try and spend a multiple of $50.

More information on the sale can be found here and information about joining Myer One, and the Myer One apps can be found at https://www.myerone.com.au/

Review: 75038 Jedi™ Interceptor

  • RRP: $39.99
  • Parts: 223 ($0.18 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure, 1 Droid

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As I mentioned in my last Star Wars review, I don’t usually buy sets from this theme. I also said that I was a Star Wars fan, but this set certainly tested my Star Wars knowledge. I mistakenly assumed that it was based on something from the Clone Wars cartoon series, but after looking it up this is actually based on Episode III. I actually quite enjoyed episodes II and III so I am a little disapointed in myself for not recognising it.

First Impressions

Just from looking at the box you can tell that this is going to be a good play set. It’s got things to shoot at bad guys (or your siblings) and the overall design looks like something that is fun to swoosh around. That makes sense, because this set is not a difficult UCS model designed for display.

The Build

On opening up the box you will get three numbered bags and the sticker sheet. As a small set the sticker sheet is not packaged with cardboard, but luckily my sheet was not damaged at all. You will notice in the photos that I have not applied the stickers myself.

This is a sequential build, so let’s kick off with Bag 1. This is where you will find the new spring loaded missile firing parts. These aren’t your regular flick-fire missile; they actually shoot quite a good distance. Follow the rules in the instructions and never aim these things at faces.
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We also get our only minifigure in bag 1 – A new version of Anakin Skywalker. The torso printing is quite detailed, and he comes with two different hand colours to represent Anakin’s robot arm. The head features a double sided face print with an angry expression and a happier one.

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By the end of bag 1 we have the bulk of the central cockpit area completed. There is still a canopy to attach, but that shows up later.

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Bag 2 consists of the parts for the first of the wings. There were a few steps in this section where it can be difficult to distinguish correct placement of a part; there are a lot of overlapping flat plates  of similar colour and upside down assembly. It’s not difficult, but I found myself double checking the instructions more than I usually do for a small build.
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Bag 2 ends with the wing being attached to the main body of the ship.
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Bag 3 contains everybody’s favourite astromech droid – R2-D2. This is actually my first LEGO version of R2, and I was impressed with the printing. If the box is to be believed this is a new version for 2014.
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With the mainly symetrical design of the ship, bag 3 is constructed in much the same way as bag 2. The main difference between the two wings is the cut-out for placing R2-D2.
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The Final Verdict

I didn’t exactly have the highest expectations going in to this set. For me the Jedi Interceptor is not a classic Star Wars vehicle (such as the Millennium Falcon) and doesn’t hold a lot of appeal. Having said that, I actually quite like the finished model.
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If you are looking for a display piece, then this set is probably not going to be at the top of your list. If what you are looking for is a fun set to fly around and shoot stuff with then this hits the mark.

I have the same gripe with this set as a I do with most Star Wars set, that being the higher price per part compared to other themes. As always, if you are interested in this set I would hold out for a sale.

So should you buy this set? This is a more difficult one to answer than our last review. That set was under $20 and was a classic ship recognisible to not only Star Wars fans. 75038 on the other hand is $39.99 set based on the prequal trilogy. If you like the idea of this set, then you will not be disappointed with the final product. If howerever you don’t particularly have any interest in it, then I don’t feel there is anything here that will bring you around.

Check out the full build gallery below

Exo Suit And Research Institute Back Online [Updated]

If you head over to Ideas section of the Australian LEGO store you may notice that two sets have made a re-appearance.

That’s right, both 21109 Exo Suit and 21110 Research Institute are listed as “Available Now”.

UPDATE – 2:00 PM AEST

Since posting this article the status of both products has already changed

  • Exo Suit - Out of stock, expected ship date 24 Sep 2014.
  • Research Institute - Sold Out

We hope you were able to get in an order before they disappeared again.

Original Information below

Ideas back in stock

It seems that LEGO just can’t keep up with demand for this set. Based on this information it is possible the same thing will happen to the Research Institute.

We currently don’t know if this is an accurate reflection of new stock or just a glitch in the site. Fingers crossed that LEGO has been able to pump out some more of these in-demand sets.

After the stock issues with both of these sets it might be time to buy if you were previously on the fence.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Ideas-ByTheme