2014 Toy Sales: 20% Off LEGO At Myer

The first of the 2014 mid-year toy sales has just started online.

Myer is kicking things off with a reasonable 20% off all LEGO. The big news isn’t so much the discount, it is the sets that they have got in stock for the sale. We have a list of the larger sets included in the sale below.

The sale is available online now (Tuesday 10th June 2014) and starts in store this Thursday (12th June 2014). The sale ends on the 20th July 2014.

In previous years there has been an extra 10% off for Myer One members, but we have not heard anything about this offer being available this year. If we do find out anything, we will update the article.

Click here to shop online, or here to view the catalogue

BrisBricks Pine Rivers 2014 Review & Photos

BrisBricks Logo 2014

The Brisbane LEGO scene continues to go from strength to strength. The BrisBricks group now runs two large events per year. This long weekend was their Pine Rivers event, held in Strathpine. I made the drive up from the south side to check out the event.

Be sure to view our collection of photos from the event below.

LEGO 10244 Fairground Mixer Now Available With Power Functions

Fairground Mixer Power Functions

For those of you who may have previously been sitting on the fence about the Fairground Mixer set, we have some news that may just sweeten the deal.

LEGO is now selling a slightly different version of the set online; 5003588 Fairground Mixer Collection. This version of the set includes the original, a motor and battery box. Everything that you need to create a powered version of the ride.

The addition of Power Functions brings the set to $229, as opposed to the $199 of the original.

The set can be purchased from LEGO Online here

Full details of the pack are below

Reminder: BrisBricks Pine Rivers 2014 LEGO Event On This Long Weekend

If you are in Brisbane and looking for something to do this Queen’s Birthday long weekend then we suggest you make your way north. The 2014 Pine Rivers LEGO Event, presented by BrisBricks, is taking place at Strathpine Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is also a special session for children with ASD.

Bricking Around has a ticket for this event, so we will have lots of photos to share with everybody who can’t make it.

Check out the event page for more details

Official Details 10242 MINI Cooper – Including Australian Price

10242 Mini Cooper Box

Following on from our sneak peak earlier we have more official details of the 10242 MINI Cooper set including the official Australian price.

We predicted that the set would retail in Australian for $139.99, and unfortunately we were slightly off. The official price for this set in Australia is $149.99. The markup is a little more than we would have liked. It is possible that this is a result of additional licensing costs involved in the Mini brand.

As we previously mentioned the set will be available for via shop.LEGO.com in August this year.

Check out the official press release below, and designer video

10242 MINI Cooper

Ages 16+. 1,077 pieces.

Take this MINI Cooper for a nostalgic drive down memory lane!

US $99.99 – CA $119.99 – AU $149.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £74.99 – DK 799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Experience the iconic MINI Cooper first hand, with its classic lines, detailed interior and fun picnic theme.

Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO® brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a cozy day in the countryside!

• Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights.

• Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme.

• Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII.

• Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes.

• Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine.

• Remove the roof and access the detailed interior.

• Go on a countryside picnic with this iconic classic!

• MINI Cooper measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
August 2014 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone:

US Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (English) Contact Center 1-800-453-4652
CA (French) Contact Center 1-877-518-5346
European Contact Center 00-800-5346-1111

LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2014 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

The MINI logo, the MINI word mark and model designation are trademarks of BMW and are used under license.

Designer video via FBBT.net

Pictures And Details of 10242 Mini Cooper Mk VII

All we can say is wow! This set looks absolutely gorgeous. From the British racing green colour, to the curved body work there is nothing that we don’t love about this set.

10242 LEGO Mini Cooper Set

The tiny car also features neat hidden details, like a brick replica of the car’s engine under the hood, a spare tire compartment and a picnic basket and blanket set.
Via http://mashable.com

A short video has also been released

The set contains 1,077 piece and will be available in August. The US price is $99.99. At this stage we do not have an Australian RRP.

There is an additional gallery of images available via Brickset

 

LEGO Ideas Winter 2014 Review Results

LEGO have just announced the results of the latest LEGO Ideas review and we have a new LEGO Ideas set on the way. The female minifiigures project will become LEGO Ideas Research Institute. According to the announcement video we should see the final set released in August 2014.

LEGO Ideas Research Institute

We are really pleased to see this project become a set. The original idea had a lot of merit, and managed to gain a fair bit of media interest. The issue of gender inequality in the available range of minifigures has always been a topic of discussion. There is also an under-representation of women who undertake science careers. If young girls can be inspired to have an interest in science from

The fact that the final sets has been titled Research Institute, along with what was said in the announcement video, indicates that we will see three different female scientists coming together in a single set. Our hope is that the final set brings the three separate vignettes together into a single cohesive product.

Our take on the unsuccessful products is below the announcement video

$15000 Worth Of LEGO Stolen In Victoria

LEGO Criminal

A toy store in Seymour, north of Melbourne has been robbed twice in under a fortnight and each time the thieves have had an eye specifically for LEGO.

Police have revealed that the offenders broke into the store in Station Street just over a week ago and made off with $10,000 worth of our favourite brick. It is believed the same offenders then returned sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning and stole an additional $5,000 worth of sets. Police have specifically mentioned LEGO City and Technic, but the stock taken may not be limited to these themes.

“They’ve removed the entire glass panel from a front automatic sliding door,” Detective Senior Constable Porter said. This has lead police to believe that this was the work of a group, and that somebody involved has glazing experience.

Unfortunately for the store owner the criminals don’t seem to be quite as dumb as the bad guys we find in LEGO city; police report that the CCTV hard drive was taken during the first heist and had not been replaced in time to catch the second incident.

It is highly likely that these sets are destined for resale. We urge all of our readers to keep an eye out for sellers dealing in particularly large quantities, who don’t have a regular history of LEGO sales. Your favourite bricklink seller isn’t a likely suspect, but a new eBay account with a lot of sets listed should raise alarm bells.

Theft is always a horrible subject, but this is particularly troubling for LEGO fans. Australian retail prices are already higher than many of us would like; theft (including shoplifting) will lead to retailers spending more on security, and less money on sales.

We urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen suspicious activity in the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or on their website

70810 MetalBeard’s Sea Cow Buying Options

LEGO 70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow 01

We are really excited for the 70810 Metal Beard’s Sea Cow set, which is slowly making itself more widely available. After learning that the set was now available on Amazon, we decided to look at the options.

Amazon

LEGO Movie 70810 Metal Beard’s Sea Cow is now available for pre-order, with a shipping date of June 8 2014.

We have done the maths on the Amazon pricing, and  based on Amazon currency conversion (as of time of publication) and shipping to our Brisbane Address the set works out at AU$ 349.50. This is a saving of 10% off the Australian RRP. This is not as good as a local 20% off sale.

Shopforme

Australian retailer Shopforme have the set available for pre-order for $350.99. This price is on par with the Amazon price, and will possible have a quicker delivery time.

Other Australian Retailers

We have received reports of a few sightings of this set at other retailers. It looks like it is slowly making it’s way to stores. With toy sales (hopefully) just around the corner the best option could be to wait. We couldn’t find the set listed online anywhere at this stage.

If you have spotted the Sea Cow anywhere, let us know in the comments.

On Sale – Various Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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Toys ‘R’ Us are having a sale that runs for most of June, and there are quite a few sets reduced. The sale runs from Wednesday 4th until Saturday 21st June 2014. It’s not a broad 20% off LEGO sale, but there are savings to be had.

There were so many different offers we have broken it down in to the following table

 
Item
Price
Discount
Note
LEGO City Starter Set, Cargo Set, Airport Fire Truck Or Auto Transporter$29.99$10.00VIP Club Price
20% Off Selected LEGO City Sets$23.99$6.008 Sets included
20% Off Selected LEGO Duplo sets$23.99$6.008 Sets included
20% Off LEGO City Cargo Terminal Or Fire Station$103.99$26.00
20% Off LEGO Technic Black Champion Racer Or Desert Racer$23.99$6.00
20% Off LEGO Duplo All-In-One Box Of Fun Green Or Pink$39.99$10.00
20% Off Lego Marvel Super Heroes Spider Helicopter Or Doc Ock Truck$31.99$8.00Apparent pricing error, see below
LEGO Creator Sunset Speeder, Highway Cruiser, Super Racer Or Red Rotors2 for $25
LEGO Star Wars Utapau Troopers , Kashyyyk Troopers Or Death Star Troopers$22.99$3.00
LEGO Star Wars Vulture Droid, Grievous' Wheels Or Jedi Interceptor$31.99$8.00VIP Club Price
LEGO Disney Princess Cinderella's Dream Carriage Or Rapunzel's Creativity Tower$39.99$10.00
LEGO Friends Heartlake Juice Bar$31.99$8.00
LEGO Friends Stephanie's Beach House$47.99$12.00
BONUS Stephanie's Mail Box set when you spend $30 or more on LEGO Friends.

Details on 76015 Spider-Helicopter Rescue – This set is listed as reduced from $39.99 to $31.99. The actual RRP for this set is $79.99. If Toys ‘R’ Us honour the catalogue price, then this is a bargain.

You can view the catalogue here