LEGO Minifigures To Outnumber Humans By 2019

Here is a quick little fact about our favourite plastic people – by 2019 they are going to outnumber human beings. That is some pretty rapid population growth.

Via http://xkcd.com/1281/

 

2014 Hobbit Set Images Leaked Online

Images for the 2014 Hobbit sets have started popping up online over the last few days. The sets feature scenes from the upcoming Desolation of Smaug – the second instalment of the trilogy.

79014 Dol Guldur Battle
The largest of the leaked sets. This set includes Azog (no need to pay crazy prices for a SDCC version), Radagast, Gandalf the Grey, the Necromancer of Dol Guldur and 2 Gundabad Orcs

79014 Dol Guldur Battle

79014 Dol Guldur Battle

79014 Dol Guldur Battle B

79014 Dol Guldur Battle Back

79011 Dol Guldur Ambush
Medium sized set featuring Beorn and  2 Gundabad Orcs. This set is designed to combine with 79014

79011 Dol Guldur Ambush

79011 Dol Guldur Ambush

79011 Dol Guldur Ambush B

79011 Dol Guldur Ambush Back

79012 Mirkwood Elf Army
Another medium sized set featuring Thranduil, 2 Gundabad Orcs, 2 Mirkwood Elf Archers and 1 Mirkwood Elf

79012 Mirkwood Elf Army

79012 Mirkwood Elf Army

79012 Mirkwood Elf Army B

79012 Mirkwood Elf Army Back

Via http://www.lordofthebrick.com/2013/10/lego-the-hobbit-79011-79012-79014-visuels-haute-resolution/
Thanks to Bricking Around reader Brad for the tip

Weekend Deal – 20% Off At Toys R Us

Toys R Us is celebrating their 20th birthday this weekend, and they are offering customers the chance to get in on the party with a special 20% off deal. The deal runs today, Saturday and Sunday only (18th – 20th October 2013). You will need to print out the voucher and take it with you, or use the promo code when buying online.

ToysRUs Birthday Promotion

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

Myer October 2013 Sale

Myer is having a sale on Toys (including LEGO) for a limited time. Until Sunday 20th October you can get $10 off for every $50 you spend. That works out to be a pretty standard 20% off deal, the downside being that you will need to spend at least $50, and spending $70 for example would still only get you a $10 discount.

You can check out the offer here (PDF link)

Thanks to TanTile for bringing the offer to our attention.

Australian Prices For New Sets

Australian prices have been posted on the LEGO® online store for the two awesome sets that are coming out January 1st 2014.

10243 Parisian Restaurant
Australian Price $249.99
US Price $159.99
LEGO 10243 Parisian Restaurant

10241 Maersk Line Triple-E
Australian Price $199.99
US Price $149.99
LEGO 10241 Maersk Triple E

LEGO® Online Offer – Free Christmas Tree Stand Set

LEGO Holiday 2013 BonusSpend $100 or more at the online LEGO store and receive this free limited edition Christmas Tree Stand set. It’s great to see that Australians aren’t missing out on a little Christmas bonus from LEGO.
More information and terms of the offer can be found at http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-Free-Gift

 

LEGO Club Magazine October 2013 – What’s Inside

LEGO Club

It’s time for another edition of the LEGO Club Magazine. Let’s have a look at what’s inside.

 

On Sale – 20% Off At Target 10th Oct – 16th Oct

Target 20 Percent Off LEGO

Did you think that the end of school holidays meant an end to LEGO sales? Well think again, because Target are once again offering 20% off all LEGO toys. There are also some discounted clothes available for little LEGO fans.

20% is starting to look like a fairly regular offer from Australian retailers, which is great news. Hopefully the sales will continue in the lead up to Christmas.

Check out the details of the offer here

BrisBricks LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

Long weekends are far too rare of a treat, so when they come along you really have to make the most of them. That is something I certainly accomplished by heading to the 2013 BrisBricks Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were sold online and at the door based on pre-determined session times. The online ticketing system was incredibly straight forward and I didn’t have any problems. I purchased my ticket for the Monday 10:30am session at 11:55pm the night before.

The staff at the event were more than happy to scan the barcode ticket on the screen of a mobile device, which is handy for those of us without easy access to a printer.

The Venue
What a difference a year makes! The venue for last year’s inaugural BrisBricks Expo was a little small, and a little hot. This year, the venue was incredibly spacious and not particularly hot, considering it was a sweltering Brisbane day outside.

It was nice to see a variety of food vendors at the venue, as well as plenty of seating. There were lots of families having a bite to eat after a busy day of LEGO.

For Sale
As is quite common at these events there were a number of LEGO retailers offering bricks to adults and kids who were inspired by the displays. It was nice to see a variety of products on sale; such as sets, customised items and even individual minifigures. I managed to get the Series 11 Female Scientist that had been eluding me so far.

The MOCs
It was great to see some new creations on display at the show. As this was the second BrisBricks event for the year I was concerned that there was going to be very little that I hadn’t seen before. There were certainly some things that I had seen previously but there were also some fantastic new creations.

Some stand outs:

  • The interactive 4WD display. Giving fans a chance to drive RC cars over some tough terrain really showed how much fun Technic can be.
  • Classic sets! As somebody far too young to have seen the original Town Plan set it was nice to be able to see that and other vintage sets on display.
  • Royal Exhibition Building. Very impressive attention to detail and design.
  • Movie Character City. This display very cleverly combined several famous characters into a single city street. Where else can you see the Ghost Busters and Marty McFly together?

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

LEGO® 10243 Parisian Restaurant Announced

LEGO 10243

The latest in a line of fantastic modular buildings has just been announced at BrickCon. 10243 introduces a Paris inspired restaurant to the existing lineup, and will be a great place for you minifigures to grab a meal before seeing a movie at the Palace Cinema

The set features some great architectural styling as well as a lot of little details that bring the set to life, such as outdoor dining, gardens and a several printed elements.

The set will be released in January 2014, but as yet there is no official Australian price.
LEGO 10243 Box
Press Release

10243 Parisian Restaurant  2,469 pieces, US $159.99, CA $189.99, DE 149.99 €, UK £132.99, DK 1299.00 DKK

Have an unforgettable evening at the amazing Parisian Restaurant!

It’s very busy in the Parisian Restaurant. As a scooter zips by, inside the waiter rushes between the tables as the nervous young man gets ready to propose with the ring! It’s just as hectic behind the scenes, with the chef busily preparing the food. This beautifully detailed building is the setting for so many stories and is a great addition to the modular building series. The Parisian Restaurant has a fully-stocked, blue and white tiled kitchen with tableware as well as a cozy apartment with pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace. On the top floor is the artist’s room with a studio that includes a cast iron heater, easel, paintbrush and two works of art by the aspiring artist. Outside, stairs lead down to the roof terrace lined with hanging lanterns and flowers where the diners eat alfresco-style. This amazing Parisian Restaurant model even includes a facade with croissants, clams and feather details that recapture the feel of Paris. Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: chef, waiter, girl and a romantic couple.
  • Also includes a rat, seagull and 2 clams.
  • Kitchen features blue and white tiled floor, lots of kitchen units and a variety of utensils.
  • Second-floor apartment features a pull-down bed, kitchenette and fireplace.
  • Top floor features an opening roof revealing an artist’s studio with heater, easel, paintbrush, palette and artwork.
  • Includes lots of food items for the customers including croissants, a pie, 2 cupcakes, 2 grapes, 2 hotdogs, turkey, cheese wedges, milk carton and coloured bottles.
  • Also includes hard-to-find white croissants and bricks in olive green, dark blue and dark red.
  • Intricate exterior details include facade with croissant detailing, bus stop, sidewalk, scooter and even a dumpster and trash can at the rear.
  • Put up the printed restaurant sign and menu to entice the customers in.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Modular Buildings collection: 10224 Town Hall and 10232 Palace Cinema!
  • Measures over 11” (30cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide.

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