The LEGO Movie Display Spotted At Big W

Bricking Around reader Brett has sent us some pictures he took at his local Big W store. The sets featured in the display were not available to buy, but this gives us some sort of indication of the marketing push we can expect as the movie approaches. With the movie proving to be a huge success in the US it makes a lot of sense for Australian retailers to push the sets.

The LEGO Movie Big W Display B

The LEGO Movie Big W Display

Is LEGO Doctor Who Coming?

LEGO Doctor Who

Since the Cuusoo concept was first unveiled The Doctor has been a popular subject for submissions. Unfortunately they were all rejected on the grounds of License Conflicts – an existing range of Doctor Who building toys was produced by a company called Character Building.

The news this morning is that LEGO has been able to resolve the conflict for Doctor Who projects. While the wording makes the exact situation a little vague, what is clear is that we are about to see an influx of TARDISs and Sonic Screwdrivers. We can’t wait!

Has LEGO already secured an exclusive deal for Doctor Who construction toys? It’s possible, but makes it a little confusing that they would announce this via Cuusoo. It doesn’t seem like the smartest business decision to secure the rights and then wait months for projects to reach 10,000 votes.

There is also the possibility that LEGO Doctor Who sets already in the design faze and this is a just a teaser. LEGO may be looking for fan designs to complement the existing planned themes.

Unfortunately, without access to the TARDIS, we are just going to have to wait and see what happens.

Here is the blog post from Cuusoo

Sometimes we have to turn down project submissions that refer to specific brands or licensed properties. We do this to avoid getting your hopes up for something we know we aren’t able to make. In these cases, we already know the LEGO Group can’t secure licensing rights to produce construction toys based on a particular brand or property, due to a conflicting interest with a third party.

If such a conflict goes away, we’ll then be able to accept projects based on a particular brand or license.

The Fine Print:

If your project was previously turned down, archived, or deleted due to a licensing conflict that is now resolved, you may re-submit it as a new project. Supporters from past projects cannot be applied to a future project.

Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts

We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
  • Doctor Who – February 2014
Last updated February 25, 2014

Sunshine Coast Brick Event This Weekend

Sunshine Coast Brick Event

Looking for something to do this weekend? The first Sunshine Coast Brick Event is on this weekend, and if past events are any indication you can expect Brick Events to put on a great show.

More details, including ticket prices and session times, can be found on the event page:

On Sale – 20% Off LEGO At Myer

Myer February 2014 20 Percent Off

It seems this sale has been running for a little while, but we initially missed it.

Myer is offering 20% of a range of toy brands including LEGO. This sale ends Sunday 2nd March 2014.

Meet The First Batch Of Mixels

Mixels LOGO

The first batch of sets from the new Mixels theme have been added to the US version of the online LEGO store. No Australian availability yet, but we will update when there is news.

There are 3 groups, with 3 sets in each. The sets have between 45 – 70 pieces and cost just $5 US each. They also come in a bag, rather than a box;

Mixels Bags in Box

The sets themselves are quite cute, they have some interesting parts and we really like the idea of combining them into a larger model. We just aren’t sure if this theme is going to take off. The Cartoon Network cartoon created to go with these sets doesn’t seem likely to gain the same level of popularity as Ninjago or Chima. We’ll let you judge for yourself.

You can check out all 9 of the sets below.

Australian Price For 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Discovered

An Australian price for 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow has be uncovered by some clever snooping. If you are logged in to a LEGO account you can see the product page at http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/MetalBeard-s-Sea-Cow-70810

There is no buy button but there is the Australian price – $389.99. Unfortunately that is slightly more than we predicted.

70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow Australian Price

Via http://jaysbrickblog.com/2014/02/17/the-lego-movies-metalbeards-sea-cow-available-in-australia/

Official Set Details Of 21108 Ghostbusters

We knew it was coming, and now we have official details and a final design for the Ghostbusters Cuusoo set.

LEGO 21108 Ghostbusters ECTO-1

21108 LEGO Ghostbusters will be available for purchase in June 2014 for $49.99 US, which makes this the most expensive of the currently available Cuusoo sets. As usual we don’t have an official Australian price but we predict this will be at least $79.99.

We asked the Brisbane based brains behind the project, Brent Waller, what he thought of the final design:

I was very excited to see the final model revealed. Marcos Bessa has absolutely nailed the look of Ecto-1 even better than I did, all while adding an accessible interior! I can’t wait to see people enjoying it when it’s released come June

LEGO 21108 Ghostbusters Minifigures

Here is the set description from the LEGO Cuusoo blog

This fun and iconic vehicle from the blockbusting ‘80s movie is fully loaded with all the paranormal detection equipment needed to track down those ghastly ghosts. It also features cool Ghostbusters logo decoration, removable roof, tracking computer and seats for 3 minifigures.

LEGO 21108 Ghostbusters ECTO-1 BImages via http://blog.lego.cuusoo.com/2014/02/16/lego-ghostbusters-revealed-toyfair/

70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Officially Unveiled

LEGO has used the New York Toy Fair as an opportunity to officially announce the next LEGO Movie set – 70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow. We had previously seen some leaked images of this set, but we now have official images and a design video. This is one seriously impressive ship.

LEGO 70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow 01

The set is scheduled for release in March.

No Australian price yet, but we have made some enquiries. Our prediction for an Australian price is $359.99

LEGO 70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow 02

LEGO 70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow 03

 

 

Check out the designer video and press release below

Watch The Hilarious Out-Takes From The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie may be an animated, but that doesn’t mean mistakes don’t still happen. You know how the saying goes – never work with kids, animals and minifigures.

We have watched the clip and there is only one very minor spoiler in there, but definitely nothing that will spoil the plot of the movie.

On Sale – 20% Off Star Wars And Superheroes At Target

Target 20 Percent Off Star_wars Super_heroes

From this Thursday 13th of February Target is taking 20% off of all their Star Wars and Superheroes LEGO sets.

Some of the new sets are actually featured in the catalogue at prices lower than 20% off.

76011 Man-Bat Attack for $30, save $9
76013 The Joker Steam Roller for $59, save $20
75037 Battle On Saleucami for $23, save $6
75040 General Grievous Wheel Bike for $30, save $9
75038 Jedi Interceptor for $30, save $9

The sale ends on Wednesday 19th February.

You can check out the catalogue here