Event Reminder: Ipswich Brick Event This Weekend

Just a friendly reminder to our Brisbane area readers that the Ipswich Brick Event is coming up this weekend. Check out the event page for more details including session times and ticket prices.

Ipswich Brick Event

Retailer Profile: Outer Rim Trading Co.

Outer Rim Trading Co

Welcome to retailer profile – where we talk to Australian specialist LEGO retailers about their business and their experiences with LEGO.

First up we are talking to Michael from Outer Rim Trading Co.

Bricking Around would also like to point out that Outer Rim Trading Co. contributes $1 from every sale to Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Be sure to check out the Outer Rim Trading Co. specials page featuring sets at least 25% off retail. There are also sealed boxes of series 10 figures available.
http://www.outerrimtradingco.com.au/content/ort-standard.asp?name=SPECIALS

Target Toy Sale – VIP Night Tuesday 25th at 6PM

Target Toy Sale 2013

Once again Target is going to be opening stores at 6PM for a special VIP shopping night. It appears that the VIP night is actually open to everybody, so be sure to check the hours for your local store. It is possible that certain sets may get snapped up during this event, so if you are holding out for an Arkham Asylum or R2-D2 set it may be worth a visit. For more of the target deals be sure to check out our summary of all the LEGO deals

Angry Minifigures: Looking beyond the media hype

Chances are that you have recently heard media reports about the increase in angry minifigures. Some of those media reports even go into the area of these changes being bad for children. Won’t somebody please think of the children!

“Lego creating more angry faces and it could harm children’s development – researcher”
- News.com.au

“Legos Study Reveals Angry Faces On Toys Could Influence Your Child’s Negative Behavior”
- Medical Daily

Unfortunately for the alarmist media, the original study has nothing to do with the impact of these figures on the development of children. I don’t think those media outlets actually took the time to read the report.

All of the alarmist articles seem to be focusing on one particular quote from the report’s author Christoph Bartneck

We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play.

Christoph Bartneck was asking a question, not answering it.

Bricking Around took the time to read the report, and looked at some of the elements that were missed by the media.

Featured MOC: DC Superheroes Racers

Have you ever thought to yourself – “what would happen if somebody combined DC comics with the classic cartoon Wacky Racers?”

Well wonder longer, because Oky – Space Ranger has done just that and come up with a great collection of DC Superhero mini racers. Each car is styled to match the character and include lots of fun little details.

The evil Mongul is forcing Batman and some of his greatest friends and foes to compete with each other in a race to the death! The only rule is that they can’t use their superpowers. Who will win?

DC Racers by Oky - Space Ranger

Toy Sale 2013 – All the deals from Target

Target Toy Sale 2013

It’s toy sale time again. Bricking Around is going to go through the various toy catalogues and list all the LEGO deals for you to check out.

Target. On sale Wednesday 26th June 2013
Click here to view the catalogue yourself.

 

The LEGO® Movie – First Trailer

The LEGO Movie twitter account has just posted a link to the first official trailer for The LEGO Movie. Watch it below.

This looks like it is going to have the same humour as other LEGO films.

“The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Toy Sale 2013 – All the deals from Myer

Myer 2013 Toy Sale

It’s toy sale time again. Bricking Around is going to go through the various toy catalogues and list all the LEGO deals for you to check out.

Myer. On sale from Thursday 20 June until Sunday 28 July 2013. Available online now.

Click here to view the catalogue yourself.

Toy Sale 2013 – All the deals from Big W

Big W Toy Sale 2013

It’s toy sale time again. Bricking Around is going to go through the various toy catalogues and list all the LEGO deals for you to check out.

First up – Big W. Sale starts Online 9pm 19th June and instore from 27th June.

Click here to view the catalogue yourself.

 

BrisBricks Pine Rivers 2013 Review & Photos

BrisBricks Pine Rivers

This is proving to be a great year to be a LEGO fan in Brisbane, with 3 separate shows scheduled. The first event of the year was the BrisBricks Pine Rivers show, which was held this weekend. I made the trip to the north side of Brisbane on Saturday morning for the 10:30am session.