Introducing A New Bricking Around Feature – Current Sales Calendar

As Bricking Around continues to grow we have realised that can be a bit tricky trying to keep track of when sales start and end. You can check out the sales category to view all of the sale related articles we post but sale times vary; some are a single weekend, while others last two weeks.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple page that showed you what sales were currently on, and how soon that sale ended?

That is exactly what we have created.

Introducing the Current Sales page

As we learn about new sales they will be added to this calendar. Major retailers each have their own colour, and you can view the related article for any sale in a just a few clicks.

The current page is version one, and there may be ways that this can be improved but the best way to improve it is to make it available to our readers.

This new feature will always be easily accessible from the top navigation menu.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 4: City, Agents & Pirates

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at City, Ultra Agents and the return of Pirates.

City

LEGO City in 2015 appears to have two main areas; Swamp Police and Demolition. Some of the swamp police sets look nice, but generally we don’t have a heap of interest for police sets. The demolition sets have a lot of character – that LEGO port-a-loo is hilarious.

60067 Helicopter Pursuit

60067 Helicopter Pursuit

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 3: Friends & Elves

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at Friends and the new Elves theme. Both of these themes focus on pink and purple colours, so we thought it made sense to group them together.

Friends

After the adventures that the Friends characters went on last year, these sets seem quite tame for the most part. Lots of stereotypically ‘girly’ subjects like the hair salon. The hot air balloon is quite interesting.

41085 Animal Care Clinic

41085 Animal Care Clinic

 

BrisBricks 2014 LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

The second half of the year is always lacking in public holidays, so when they do come a long you really need to make the most of them. That is most likely why BrisBricks used the second last long weekend before Christmas to host their 2014 Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were primarily sold online, with limited tickets also available at the door. Ticketing was based on pre-determined session times to spread the crowds out. BrisBricks stuck with the same online ticketing system they have used for most of their events, and as usual there were no problems getting a ticket. I originally planned to attend the 10:30 AM session on the Sunday, but that had actually sold out before I had a chance to purchase a ticket. I instead opted for the 2:30 PM session, and I am glad I did. While still busy, I was told the morning had been packed.

As is common these days I showed up with my phone in hand and was quickly inside. Despite arriving right when my session kicked off their was no large line. I believe that long lines had formed before the first session on each day, but that is to be expected.

The Venue
This year’s event took place at the same venue as 2013 – The Chandler Arena. The comments I made last year were also true for this year; the venue is spacious, reasonably lit and much cooler inside than out in the sunny spring day.

While I arrived after lunch, there were still several food vendors offering families a variety of choices. There were lots of kids sitting outside having a drink and playing with the LEGO they had purchased.

For Sale
This year’s line-up of retailers was larger than I had seen at previous events. This is certainly something that I appreciate; having a good range of retailers means that fans have a chance to compare prices. I have been to a few events with an exclusive retailer present, and prices there seemed quite high. There was also a good variety of products on sale; common and rare sets, customised items and even bulk parts. I didn’t buy anything myself, but it was difficult to avoid the temptation.

The MOCs
Brisbane has some incredible building talent. Despite going to almost every Brisbane LEGO event I am still blown away every time. It seemed this year that the builders had gone all out to create new displays, as there was heaps I hadn’t seen before.

Here are my top picks:

  • The Friends Ski Lodge – The building was very well designed. (Images 021 – 024)
  • Huge Classic Space Display – This massive display contained a heap of great details, and who doesn’t love classic space? (Images 046 – 069)
  • Winter Village – Another well designed winter themed display. (Images 095 – 101)
  • Master Builder Meeting – This build does a great job of capturing the craziness of Cloud Cuckoo Land. (Image 161)
  • Batcave – This one didn’t turn out great in the photo due to it being quite dark, but it was a great build (Image 203)
  • Star Wars Trench Run – Such a classic scene perfectly captured in brick (Images 269 – 271)
  • Dinosaur Skeletons – These may not be as large as the other displays but they were some of my favourites. I’d love to have these on my desk. (Images 292 – 294)

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

The BrisBrick group just keeps on impressing. The 2014 event was probably their best yet, and they have set a high bar for next year. As a Brisbane LEGO fan I am incredibly spoilt to live in the same city as so many talented builders.

On Sale: 20% Off All LEGO At Target

Target 20 Percent Off October 2014

We were worried that as the School Holiday sales started to come to a close we would be left paying full price for LEGO. Luckily Target are on the case, and for two weeks they are offering a flat 20% off all LEGO sets.

The sale runs from Thursday October 9th 2014 until Wednesday October 22nd.

We always love sales that apply to the full range of LEGO sets. The series 12 minifigures will hopefully appear in stores during this sale.

There are also a few sets featured with a slightly higher discount

  • 60058 SUV with Watercraft, $20, Save $10 (33% discount)
  • 60056 Tow Truck, $20, Save $10 (33% discount)
  • 42027 Desert Racer, $23, Save $7 (23% discount)
  • 42026 Black Champion Racer, $23, Save $7 (23% discount)
  • 42022 Hot Rod, $30, Save $10 (25% discount)
  • 41034 Friends Summer Caravan, $30, Save $9 (23% discount)

You can check out the catalogue here

75060 UCS Slave I Officially Announced

We have known about this set for over a month now, but LEGO has finally made it official.

75060 Slave I Box

This 1,996 piece set will available to purchase directly from LEGO in January 2015.

75060 Slave I Minifigures

With 4 minifigures plus Han Solo in carbonite, the set will retail for $199.99 US. With the recent drop in the Australian dollar we are not looking forward to seeing local pricing. When we do get an Australian price we will update the article.

75060 UCS Slave I Img01

Check out the official details and designer video below

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 2: Ninjago, Chima & Disney Princess

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Part 2 looks at the second batch of set images… (Click on any image to see a larger version). In case you missed it, click here for part 1.

Ninjago

The 2015 Ninjago sets will see our favourite plastic ninja’s taking on the snake inspired Anacondrai. Certainly some interesting sets here.

70745 Anacondrai Crusher

70745 Anacondrai Crusher

Earn Double VIP Points During October

It’s a new month, which means a new promotion from the online LEGO store. For the whole month of October you will receive double the VIP points on all orders.

Double VIP October 2014

To take advantage of the offer you will need to have an existing VIP account, or contact LEGO customer service prior to placing your order. The image above will take you directly to the store.

Santa’s Workshop is also now available to non-VIP customers

10245 Main

If you are interested in this set it may be worth holding off until the 15th of October. Australia usually follows the UK promotions, and there are strong indications that a new promotion will kick off in the second half of the month; A bonus Elf Workshop set when you purchase Santa’s Workshop. At this stage we are unable to confirm with absolute certainty that Australia will be getting this promotion.

Reminder: BrisBricks 2014 LEGO Fan Expo This Weekend

In case you had forgotten, this weekend is a long weekend in Brisbane. It also happens to be the time of year for Brisbane’s largest LEGO Event; the 2014 BrisBricks LEGO Fan Expo. Perfect timing!

BrisBricks 2014 HeaderThe event will include a huge collection of LEGO displays, Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion and plenty of LEGO to buy.

The even will also feature a raffle with a money can’t buy prize; you can win a 21108 Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1 set signed by the LEGO Ideas team and Brent Waller, the Brisbane local who made it happen.

A special Autism Community Session will take place on Sunday 5th October at 09:00 AM

Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking, with limited tickets available at the door.

For more information see http://www.brisbricks.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/BrisBricks

More information can be found on the event page

Bricktober 2014 Update – Mini Modulars Not Available Separately

Bricktober Logo
We have some bad news for those of you who were hanging out for the Toys R Us exclusive Mini Modular sets. While we were originally told that these sets would be available to purchase separately, Toys R Us have since clarified their position and informed us that this is no longer the case.

We suspect that Toys R Us underestimated demand for these sets, and realised that stock needs to be reserved for the original promotion.

It’s quite disappointing as these sets were available yesterday, but only for a very brief window. It is possible that certain stores may allow you to buy the sets by themselves, but the official position is that they are a bonus only.

Here is message that we received this morning;

Hi Michael,

We have just been advised that unfortunately these Bonus Building Sets cannot be purchased separately. We apologise for the miscommunication.

Thank You
The Facebook Team