LEGO At The Ekka

LEGO At The Ekka

Brisbane LEGO fans will have a chance to meet Australian LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught at the Ekka this year. Ryan will have his awesome Love Boat model on display, and will also be doing a daily talk. Anybody heading to the Ekka should check it out.

The LEGO display is located in the The Courier-Mail Learning Fun Pavilion and is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Ryan will also be presenting FIFTY QUESTIONS ABOUT LEGO WITH RYAN MCNAUGHT daily at 12:30pm.

Listen to the only LEGO certified professional in the southern hemisphere speak about LEGO and the behind the scenes tales in building the spectacular LEGO models.

Ekka tickets are $17 for kids and $28 for adults. There are also family passes available.

LEGO Display details here
Ryan’s presentation details here

What’s In Store? August 7th 2013

LEGO In Store

What’s in store is where Bricking Around has a look at the latest retailer catalogues for any Australian LEGO deals.

Target – Ends 14th August 2013
Target is advertising 20 new LEGO products in store. These new products include the new Friends sets as well as new City sets. All are priced below RRP, but this seems to be standard practice for the large retailers.
Link http://www.lasoo.com.au/catalogue/target-catalogue-get-more-of-what-s-rock-n-this-season/4vgzrs1vc.html?pid=promotedCatalogue#pageNo=20

Toys R Us - Ends 20th August 2013
Toys R Us are celebrating Truck Month with some specials on  LEGO Trucks. LEGO City Cement Mixer, Flatbed Truck, Garbage Truck and Fire Truck are all reduced from $29.99 to just $19.99. They also have the newly released LEGO City Monster Truck Transport, Cargo Truck and Grand Prix Truck sets for $34.99 (save $5).
Link http://www.lasoo.com.au/catalogue/toys-r-us-catalogue-tough-trucks/4vjtk4j9i.html?pid=promotedCatalogue#pageNo=2

The Simpsons coming in 2014

The Simpsons LEGO

There were rumors floating around in March this year that The Simpsons would be the newest theme for The LEGO Group, and now it appears to be confirmed. LEGO marketing director Mads Nipper stated “We’ll see Homer, Bart, Marge and the others next year”.

There was a lot of mixed opinions when the rumors first appeared, and those comments have started popping up again. It is certainly true that The Simpsons has touched on a lot of adult themes over it’s long lifetime (including drug use and alcohol addiction) but at its core there is a lot of family friendly content that can be explored. There are very adult themes in a lot of LEGO themes – for example Star Wars Episode III features Anakin Skywalker slaughtering children (admittedly this happens off-screen). The presence of mature content doesn’t rule out all elements of a franchise.

What sort of sets can LEGO fans expect? That will be the biggest surprise. The Simpsons has a huge cast characters and features locations from all over Springfield. Hopefully we will see iconic locations such as 742 Evergreen Terrace. One possible indication comes from the original article…

One of the most-loved, arch American families are now emerging as LEGO figures.

Could LEGO’s first Simpsons products be a minifigure series? This could actually make sense. It would allow LEGO to test the popularity of the theme without investing a lot of time on set design. It also allows for a large cast of characters to be introduced very quickly.

Whatever LEGO decides to do it seems it is going to be polarizing.

Via http://brickset.com/news/article/?ID=7270

Iron Patriot Minifigure Available From EB Games

LEGO Marvel Iron Patriot

The exclusive Iron Patriot minifigure is available for Australians who pre-order the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game from EB Games. The Marvel Super Heroes games looks like a heap of fun, and getting an exclusive minifigure just sweetens the deal.

You can pre-order your specific version of the game here.

The game is available for all current consoles: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii U, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.
It will also be available for Next Gen consoles Xbox One and PS4.

The game is released in November 2013.

Via EB Games

Latest LEGO Online Store Deals

LEGO has kicked off August with two new offers for Australian customers.

The first offer is a Galaxy Squad polybag.

Receive a free Mini Mech once your order reaches $100
LEGO Galaxy Squad 30230

The second offer is for Friends fans.

Free Ice Cream Stand with any Friends purchase
LEGO Friends 30106

LEGO 21050 – Architecture Studio

LEGO Studio 21050

Seemingly out of nowhere this new set popped up as a Barnes & Noble exclusive in the US.

This looks like a great set for adult fans with a keen interest in architectural models. The set features 1210 pieces, and all of them are either white or transparent. Also included is plastic sorting trays.

This set really is an adult version of a classic brick bucket, designed to inspire creative building. There are no instructions, just a huge “guidebook” with tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises.

Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO® form with LEGO Architecture Studio. In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!

This set is not currently available on the Australian LEGO website but it is available from Barnes & Noble, who do ship to Australia. Bricking Around quickly checked, and based on the current exchange rate and a QLD address you should be able to get this set shipped to you for around $180 Australian. At around $0.149 per piece it seems a little expensive, but the set does include that huge booklet and the sorting trays.

Bricking Around will keep an eye out for an official Australian release and price.

Image and set info via http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Studio-21050 

How much is a minifigure worth?

LEGO Azog

San Diego ComicCon is always an interesting event for LEGO fans. The company always has a large presence there, and uses the event to announce new products. They also release a few exclusive items for people who attend the event, and these usually find there way to eBay at high prices. This year, something crazy is happening.

The Azog minifigure is selling on eBay for over $1500. Currently the auction is sitting at approximately AU $1,656.71 with a day still to go. The figure is limited to 100, but that just seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a single minifigure. Will the item retain it’s value in the future? There is also no way of knowing if the figure will appear in future sets. There are still 2 Hobbit movies to be released, and it is possible that a future set will contain the character. Would LEGO have really produced a new mould for 100 figures?

Of course Azog isn’t the first minifigure to shock people with it’s eBay prices. LEGO caused a lot of people to get upset by introducing Mr Gold to the series 10 minifigure collection. Bricking Around has witnessed the mess caused by this first hand – Series 10 packets spread from one end of the toy section to the other by people searching for Mr Gold.

LEGO Mr Gold

So far 1294/5000 Mr Gold figures have been found and registered online. There are undoubtedly more that have been found but went straight on eBay.

One Australian listing of Mr Gold is currently sitting at AU $640.00 with just 12 hours to go. Are those people lucky enough to find Mr Gold responsible for putting such a high price on the figure? It doesn’t seem so. This particular auction has 19 bids, and the starting price was just $0.99. It seems that the market thinks this figure is worth more than two modular buildings.

It really seems that there are two types of LEGO fans – those that love to build with LEGO, and those who like to collect it.

Bricking Around would love to know – what is the most you have ever paid for a minifigure, and what was it?

Image via http://www.fbtb.net/
Mr Gold Image via http://minifigures.lego.com/en-us/GoldenMinifigure/Default.aspx

 

Mixels – New original IP and Cartoon coming 2014

LEGO Mixels Teaser

At San Diego ComicCon LEGO released a sneak peak at an upcoming range of sets scheduled for Northern Spring 2014. The range is called Mixels, and it appears to relate directly to a new cartoon coming to the Cartoon Network.

The sets look like they will feature small brick-built characters. Some interesting parts use for the character design.

Another interesting feature is the apparent use of new pieces. These new small ball-joint elements could be extremely useful for MOCs.

LEGO Mixel New Parts

 

Australian Price for 21103 DeLorean time machine

LEGO 21103

The latest Cuusoo set 21103 The DeLorean time machine has just popped up on the LEGO online store.
The Australian price is $69.99 and it is available August 1st.

http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/The-DeLorean-time-machine-21103

The price doesn’t seem too bad considering it is a licensed set and the Australian dollar is much weaker than it has been. What do you think?

Interview: Organising Canberra Brick Expo

Brick Expo 2013

With the Canberra Brick Expo just around the corner, Bricking Around got in touch with one of the organisers of the event to find out just what it takes to get an event like Brick Expo happening.

The Canberra Brick Expo is running on the 10th & 11th August. More information is available on our event page or the official website.

Bricking Around would like to thank Stephen for taking the time to chat to us.