Exo Suit And Research Institute Back Online [Updated]

If you head over to Ideas section of the Australian LEGO store you may notice that two sets have made a re-appearance.

That’s right, both 21109 Exo Suit and 21110 Research Institute are listed as “Available Now”.


Since posting this article the status of both products has already changed

  • Exo Suit - Out of stock, expected ship date 24 Sep 2014.
  • Research Institute - Sold Out

We hope you were able to get in an order before they disappeared again.

Original Information below

Ideas back in stock

It seems that LEGO just can’t keep up with demand for this set. Based on this information it is possible the same thing will happen to the Research Institute.

We currently don’t know if this is an accurate reflection of new stock or just a glitch in the site. Fingers crossed that LEGO has been able to pump out some more of these in-demand sets.

After the stock issues with both of these sets it might be time to buy if you were previously on the fence.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Ideas-ByTheme

On Sale: 20% Off Selected Sets At Toys R Us

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We almost missed this sale which is tucked away at the back of the latest Toys R Us catalogue (because it’s labelled as a Babies R Us catalogue). Luckily we spotted the details of the sale on the Toys R Us website and tracked it down.

From Wednesday 20th August until Tuesday 2nd September 2014 you can get selected sets for 20% off the regular price.

The included sets are mostly City but there are also Duplo and Star Wars sets on sale, including the Microfighters sets

You can check out the catalogue here or see our breakdown of the offers below.

Set #
Set Name
60002Fire Truck$23.99$6.00
60017Flat Bed Truck$23.99$6.00
60043Prisoner Transporter$23.99$6.00
60056Tow Truck$23.99$6.00
60058SUV With Watercraft$23.99$6.00
60003Fire Emergency$39.99$10.00
60044Mobile Police Unit$39.99$10.00
60045Police Patrol$39.99$10.00
60034Arctic Helicrane$31.99$8.00
60060Auto Transporter$31.99$8.00
60020Cargo Truck$31.99$8.00
75040General Grevious Wheel Bike$31.99$8.00
75048The Phantom$31.99$8.00
75039V-Wing Starfighter$31.99$8.00
10519Duplo Garbage Truck$23.99$6.00
10524Duplo Farm Tractor$23.99$6.00
10552Duplo Creative Cars$23.99$6.00
10518My First Construction Site$23.99$6.00
10567Duplo Build & Boat Fun$23.99$6.00
10531Mickey & Friends$39.99$10.00
10542Sleeping Beauty's Fairy Tale$39.99$10.00
Star Wars Microfighters 2 for $25$25.00-

Review: 75030 Millennium Falcon™

  • RRP $15.99
  • 94 Parts ($0.17 per part)
  • 1 Minifigure

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I am going to start this review with a confession – I am an AFOL that does not buy Star Wars LEGO. From what I have seen it appears that this is actually quite rare. When I got back in to LEGO I was tempted because I do like Star Wars. There were a few reason why I decided not to buy into the theme; Star Wars sets are generally more expensive per part than other themes and the Star Wars range covers 6 different films, so I knew I’d never have a complete collection.

Hopefully you’ll have a better sense of where I am coming from with this review. I am a Star Wars fan, but not exactly the biggest Star Wars LEGO fan.

First Impressions

As part of the Microfighters range 75030 is certainly one of the smallest versions of the Millennium Falcon that has been produced by LEGO. This Star Wars sub-theme replaced the Planet Series as LEGO’s low-cost Star Wars range. The Microfighters sets are essentially the novelty go-kart version of classic Star Wars vehicles.

When I first received the box I couldn’t help but think that the set was cute. There is something adorable and funny about seeing tough guy Han Solo sitting in a tiny Millennium Falcon.

The Build

This is a small set, so there aren’t really any surprises when cracking open the box. Parts are divided between two bags, with one bag containing all of the smaller pieces.


The build starts off with the assembly of the Han Solo minifigure. As somebody who doesn’t have a Star Wars LEGO collection I was impressed with the minifigure, but I’m not sure how we compares to previous versions. I always appreciate the added detail of leg printing, which is present on this minifigure. Han also comes with a blaster, which is handy for those times when you have to shoot first.


Once you have put Han together you start on the Falcon, and I was surprised by how quickly it becomes a recognisable shape. Within just a few steps you are looking at something that is clearly going to become the Millennium Falcon.


LEGO have done a great job of capturing the lines and curves at such a small scale.


There are also slide shoes added to the bottom of the set, which helps it glide around. This inclusion is obviously more for the younger fans, or as LEGO calls them “the target market”.


I appreciate the inclusion of a printed brick to capture the cockpit. It may sound strange but without that little extra bit of detailing I think the set would lose some of it’s overall resemblence.

Speaking of the overall look – I am not a big fan of the two flick-fire missles added to the top of the set.


The Final Verdict

I was really impressed with this set. The final product is quite a solid little build, something that would handle being played with well. The only complaint that I do have is very minor (the flick-fire missiles) and does not really have that much impact.

I also feel that the RRP is just a little to high for this set. Yes it does have 94 pieces, but all of those pieces are on the small side. It’s definitely a set that I wait to get on sale. At 20% I think this would be better value for money.


So should you buy this set? This is a small, quick and simple build but the final product has a lot of charm to it. I think whether you buy this set really comes down to what you think of the style. If the pictures of this set have you interested then I do recommended it. If you have a huge Star Wars collection and find this set to be a bit unimpressive then I don’t think there is anything here that would change your mind.

Check out the full build gallery below

76023 The Tumbler Now Available For VIPs

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Batman fans with a VIP account can now purchase the LEGO version of the Tumbler from the Australian online LEGO store.

You will need to be logged in with your VIP account to purchase the set, but we are pleased to report that this is a full pre-release, as opposed to the pre-order that initially went live this afternoon.

You can take advantage of this VIP pre-release here http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/The-Tumbler-76023?fromListing=listing (You will need to be logged in with a VIP account).

Thanks to our readers who posted about the change.

LEGO Blocks International Shipping From Amazon

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It can be tough being an Australian LEGO fan. We all know that Australian prices are higher, but there are also other issues that we have to deal with. Australian prices are not just higher, they are inconsistently higher with markups anywhere from 5% to 50%. There is also the recent increase in the free shipping threshold which has made the official online LEGO store practically useless for small orders, with delivery costing at least $25.

After years of dealing with higher prices Australian consumers got smart. In the harsh desert of Australian retail prices we found an oasis; a secret source of cheaper LEGO. That oasis was Amazon. It really was wonderful; the strong Australian dollar combined with low US prices and affordable shipping to create a situation where Australians could import LEGO for less than the Australian RRP. Unfortunately Amazon has currently blocked international shipping for LEGO.

If you try and by LEGO from Amazon today you will get the following message;

Sorry, this item can’t be shipped to your selected address. Learn more. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order.

We have been communicating with Amazon on the issue extensively, and today received the following response;

Due to certain restrictions by the manufacturer, this change has been bought and I can confirm that the change is not permanent.

We suggest everybody cross their fingers and hope that this information is accurate. The Amazon apocolapse may just be a temporary set-back. It is important to note that this information is coming from a support agent, so until we can start ordering from Amazon, we won’t know for sure.

If there are products that you do want to purchase from Amazon, we suggest getting in touch with them and letting them know that you aren’t happy with the restriction. The more people that complain, the more pressure they can put on LEGO.

We promise to stay on top of the issue and update as more information becomes available.

New LEGO Movie Sets Available From Shop For Me

Australian LEGO retailer Shop For Me has just listed the highly anticipated new LEGO Movie sets, and they are priced at 20% off RRP. There have been a few sightings of these sets elsewhere, but currently these prices can’t be beat.

Shop For Me are also offering all three sets (Spaceship, Contruct-o-Mech and Police Dropship) in a bundle with a free DJ Robot polybag.

Here are all the details

70814 70815 70816 Awesome Pack With Bonus DJ Robot

The LEGO Movie Awesome Pack S4M
$359.97  $287.98
Save: 20% off

70814 Emmets Construct-o-Mech

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$89.99  $71.99
Save: 20% off

70815 Super Secret Police Dropship

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$119.99  $95.99
Save: 20% off

70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!

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$149.99 $119.99
Save: 20% off

Via Shop For Me

Official Statement On Exo Suit and Research Institute Availability

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As most of our readers will know 21109 Exo Suit and 21110 Research Institute are both currently sold out on the Australian online store.

There has been a lot of rumours around about what that means for these sets. Some sites were initially reporting that these both had a single production run, and when gone would be gone for good. Other sites then reported that LEGO would be producing more sets.

The LEGO Ideas team has taken to their blog to comment on the situation. Here is the statement that they have made;

On August 1st, LEGO Ideas launched two sets: #21109 Exo Suit and #21110 Research Institute. Currently, both sets have sold through their initial stock and are back-ordered. This means that more sets are on the way, so we hope you will be able to secure these and other special sets from LEGO Ideas.

Emphasis added.

Having two sets sell out within a week, it seems only logical that LEGO would produce more of those sets. LEGO are a business after all.

Via https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/1-blog/post/17

Canberra Brick Expo 2014 – Tickets Almost Sold Out

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Canberra Brick Expo 2014 is taking place in just over a week (August 23rd and 24th) and tickets are almost sold out.

If you are interested in attending this event you will need to get in quick as there are only a few sessions with tickets still available.

Check out the event page for more details, or you can head directly to TryBooking to get your ticket.

The Inconsistency Of Australian LEGO Prices [Updated]

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In case you missed it 10245 Santa’s Workshop was officially announced over the weekend. It’s a great looking set and it is surely going to sell well, but after taking in all of the details there was one thing that stuck out in the press release; the Australian price of $119.99.

We are used to paying more for LEGO in Australia, and we all know that there are a lot of different reasons for this. What is harder to explain is the inconsistency in the mark-up that Australian consumers are charged.

To highlight the issue we had a look at a selection of sets. The criteria for our list was sets that were release recently and in a similar price range to 10245 Santa’s Workshop. We also made sure to include a mix of licensed and non-licensed sets.

Set #
Set Name
10245Santa's WorkshopCreatorNo$69.99$82.96$119.9945%
21109Exo SuitIdeasNo$34.99$41.48$49.9921%
60050Train StationCityNo$64.99$77.04$79.994%
42023Construction CrewTechnicNo$69.99$82.96$99.9921%
70147Sir Fangar's Ice FortressChimaNo$69.99$82.96$99.9921%
70164Hurricane HeistUltra AgentsNo$69.99$82.96$89.998%
75052Mos Eisley CantinaStar WarsYes$69.99$82.96$129.9957%
79116Big Rig Snow GetawayTMNTYes$69.99$82.96$129.9957%
76021The Milano Spaceship RescueGuardians of The GalaxyYes$74.99$88.89$129.9946%
42024Container TruckTechnicNo$79.99$94.82$99.995%
70815Super Secret Police DropshipThe LEGO MovieYes$79.99$94.82$119.9927%

Converted prices listed above use the formula of adding 10% tax to the US price and then converting that to $AU using the current rate on XE.com (as of 11/08/2014).

As you can see from the table above, the mark-up that Australian consumers pay varies wildly.

  • The Ultra Agents set and Chima set have different mark-ups, even though they are both priced at $69.99 in the US and are an original LEGO product.
  • The Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a 57% mark-up, while the Guardians of The Galaxy only have a 46% price increase.
  • LEGO only impose a 4% premium on 60050 Train Station but the new Santa’s Workshop set has a whopping 45% mark-up, which is on par with a licensed set.
  • The mark-up varies within the same theme; 42024 Container Truck has only has a 5% increase, while 42023 has a 21% increase. Two consecutive set numbers, but a big difference in mark-up.

We aren’t going as far as to say that Australian consumers should be paying the straight converted price (there are a lot of other market factors), but I think we would all prefer for the premium that we pay to be more consistent. If LEGO can offer a small 4% mark-up on one City set, why is 10245 priced so highly? One possible answer is that LEGO is predicting a fall in the Australian dollar over the next few months, but then again 76023 The Tumbler is not released until September, and that only has an 18% mark-up (despite being a licensed set).

UPDATE After sharing this story with the Australian LEGO community it was suggested that we should look at some other metrics to try and find a pattern for the pricing. We were able to find weight information for most of the sets that we included in the comparison. Weight is a great metric to use for this sort of comparison, as larger sets costs more to produce and ship. Logic would dictate that heavier sets would have a higher mark-up to cover the increased cost of shipping those items to Australia. We chose weight over part count as part size varies greatly.

To simplify things slightly we have dropped any of the licensed sets for this comparison as the pricing of licensed sets has additional factors such as commercial agreements with third parties.

Set #
Set Name
21109Exo SuitIdeas$34.99$41.48$49.9921%380g
60050Train StationCity$64.99$77.04$79.994%1221g
42023Construction CrewTechnic$69.99$82.96$99.9921%1060g
70147Sir Fangar's Ice FortressChima$69.99$82.96$99.9921%1139g
70164Hurricane HeistUltra Agents$69.99$82.96$89.998%2003g
42024Container TruckTechnic$79.99$94.82$99.995%1370g

Now that we have seen the figures, is there a logical pattern emerging? Not that we can see…

  • The heaviest set has the second lowest mark-up.
  • The second heaviest set has the lowest mark-up.
  • The lightest set has the same mark-up as one three times it’s weight.
  • 42024 Container Truck is heavier than fellow Technic set 42023 Construction Crew but has the much lower mark-up.
  • There is only an 82 gram difference between the weight of 60050 Train Station (4% mark-up) and 70147 Sir Fangar’s Ice Fortress (21% mark-up)

Weight information obtained via bricklink.com

10245 Santa’s Workshop Officially Unveiled

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Believe it or not, there are only 137 days until Christmas. With the holidays fast approaching LEGO has taken the time to officially unveil the latest set in their Christmas line-up.

This year’s set is the wonderfully designed 10245 Santa’s Workshop. Some fans may find that this set doesn’t fit in with the winter village sets from previous years, but we think it’s a great addition to the range.

The set features 883 pieces and 6 minifigures including Santa, Mrs. Claus and 4 elves.

The set will be available for VIP customers September 17th with general availability October 1st. Australian RRP is $119.99

Check out the press release and designer video below

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