Two Arrested for Vandalising Ryan McNaught’s Elvis Helicopter

Elvis

Just a quick update on the earlier story of the vandalism of Elvis. Two 14 year olds, believed to be part of a larger group, have been arrested in relation to the incident. They have been charged with one count each of enter premises and wilful damage. Police investigations are ongoing, and it is believed that further offenders will be charged.

Via http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/07/01/244649_local-news.html

Review: 10230 Mini Modulars

LEGO 10230

Price: $79 (Myer Toy Sale)
Parts: 1356

Price/Part Ratio: $0.05/Pc

One of the surprise treats at the Myer Toy Sale (on until 28th July) was 10230 Mini Modulars set. Originally designed as gifts from the LEGO design team, these microscale versions of the iconic modular building sets were released as a single set available exclusively to VIP customers. This year is the first time the set has been released at an Australian retailer. The set covers the first five modulars: Cafe Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade and Grand Emporium.

Featured Cuusoo – Sydney Harbour Bridge

LEGO Sydney Harbour Bridge

The 10234 Sydney Opera House looks like it is going to be a great set, but how do you make it even better? By adding the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught has created this huge model of the iconic bridge to compliment the 10234 set. From the few pictures posted, it looks like it would be a fun build.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge - http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/42368

LEGO Club Magazine July 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.

LEGO Free Shipping – Will it last? [Updated]

LEGO Free Delivery TweetSome readers may have noticed that LEGO’s online store has a new page stating that they are offering free shipping all year round. The offer was originally set to expire at the start of September, so I thought I would check that this new “year round” offer actually applied to Australia.

I sent a tweet to The LEGO Group (@LEGO_Group) with a simple message … Does the free delivery all year round apply in Australia?

After a few days I finally got a response … Yes it does

But that’s where things get a little strange. The reply from LEGO appears to have been completely deleted. I can find no trace of it anywhere other than the email I received. I don’t want to sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist (It’s possible that it just a glitch with twitter) but it is worth pointing out the terms of the offer: LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without advance notice.

Enjoy the offer (it is quite a good one) while it lasts, but be aware that it may not last forever.

Update: I received a second reply from LEGO

Hi Michael, not sure what happened but yes, the offer is valid in Australia too on purchases above $150

Hopefully this is confirmation that the free shipping is a permanent change. The shipping & handling page has not been updated to reflect the change (the US version has) but this has probably just been missed.

LEGO Online Store – Exclusive VIP Set

LEGO 40078 Hot Dog Stand

LEGO has just launched a new special on their online store. VIP customers who spend over $100 will receive an exclusive 40078 Hot Dog Stand set. This set appears to only be available to online customers.

The set itself looks great, with two minifigures, a bike and the hotdog stand itself.

Combining this special with the current free shipping offer for orders over $150, it could be a great way to get a something not available in stores – like the Palace Cinema or The Tower of Orthanc™

Click here to access the VIP offer. You must be signed in with your VIP account.

Ipswich Brick Event Review & Photos

Ipswich Brick Event

There is no better way to spend a cold and rainy Sunday morning than with some LEGO, and that is exactly what I did at the Ipswich Brick Event.

Brick Owl – A New LEGO Marketplace

Brick Owl

A new LEGO marketplace has just launched called Brick Owl. The site is trying to offer users all of the features that have been lacking from Bricklink such as up-front shipping costs and the ability to create a wishlist from LEGO Digital Designer files. The site also has the ability to sync data with Bricklink – a feature that will make it much easier for sellers to join the site.

I did a quick test using a LDD file and found the process to be quick and easy. There were a few parts not added, but I suspect this will improve as more data is added.  Once a wishlist has been uploaded you can purchase those parts with just a few clicks. For those readers who make MOCs, I think this feature is going to be popular. Using my sample wishlist I found one seller who had all of the parts on my wishlist. The site added them all to a cart and gave me a price and shipping estimate in Australian dollars. I am very impressed so far.

More competition for Bricklink is going to create better sites for end users, and it looks like Brick Owl could be a strong competitor indeed. There is currently not a huge number of stores, but the Bricklink syncing should ensure there will be lots of people joining up.

The site also has a few opening promotions

  • The first 100 people to sign up and start filling their Wishlist will win a free Series 10 Minifigure
  • If you create a Store, every lot listed in your store will count as one entry into a prize draw to win a 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter.
  • Any store created in the first month (before the end of July) will receive free fees until the end of the year.

Brick Owl is a new marketplace to buy and sell LEGO Parts, Minifigures and Sets. It’s been designed to be used by anybody but still have all of the advanced features that AFOLs need. Some of the features of the website include:

  • Instant checkout including instant payment via PayPal and shipping rates visible upfront while items are being added to the cart
  • Wishlist buying tool – Brick Owl will tell you which stores have your Wishlist items, how much they cost including shipping, and then let you choose which stores to buy from and add all the items to the carts at once
  • Wishlist importing from Lego Digital designer, LDraw, BrickStore
  • Advanced search including filters and tags so for example you can find all of the smiling female faces
  • Catalog Points – approved catalog changes are awarded catalog points which can be exchanged for prizes such as Keychains or a White Boba Fett
  • BrickLink synchronisation, so store inventories can be kept in sync on both websites
  • Customisable storefronts with the custom pages, colour schemes, and details about the store such as whether you sort mold variations
  • Security has been baked in from the start. The site is based on Drupal which is used by thousands of websites including the White House

We’re having some promotions to encourage people to come and take a look.

  • The first 100 people to sign up and start filling their Wishlist will win a free Series 10 Minifigure
  • For sellers, every lot listed in a store will count as one entry into a prize draw to win a 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter
  • Any store created in the first month (before the end of July) will receive free fees until the end of the year.

Brick Owl is still being developed so expect more to come soon.

Via Brickset

Ryan McNaught’s Elvis Helicopter Vandalised

Elvis

Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught, has had one of his creations damaged in Cairns. The large model of the Elvis fire-fighting helicopter was on display at Cairns Central Shopping Centre when it was pushed over by what is believed to be a group of juveniles. Police will be reviewing the CCTV footage of the incident.

Mr McNaught is in Cairns to build a model of the Daintree Rainforest.

I was lucky enough to see the Elvis model at the Sydney Brick Show this year, and it was a very impressive model. Hopefully it get’s rebuilt, and the vandals are made to walk barefoot across LEGO.

Bricking Around has reached out to Ryan McNaught for a statement, and will update if we hear back from him.

Thanks to Whirlpool user MJ 23 for alerting us to the story http://whrl.pl/RdDk4I
Details via http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/06/28/244495_local-news.html

Featured image was taken at the Sydney Brick Show 2013

Evolution of the Minifigure on Gizmodo

LEGO Minifigure 1978

Gizmodo has just posted a huge collection of minifigure photos. It’s a must read article for any LEGO fan.

Exclusive: The Evolution of the Minifig

We have worked with Lego to painstakingly collect and catalog almost every minifig ever produced into a photographic timeline. You will be able to see the evolution of the iconic figure starting with the iconic 1970s space, city and castle sets that you can see in our exclusive tour of the secret historic Lego vault. Sensory overload ahead.

Image – 1978: LEGO Mini figure is introduced. Used by permission,© 2012 The LEGO Group