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

On Sale – 20% Off at David Jones until Sunday

David Jones 20% Off June 2013

David Jones is having a 20% off sale on Toys, which of course includes LEGO. The sale runs until Sunday, so get in quick.

The sale is available in store and online via the following link. David Jones Online Sale

Event Reminder: Ipswich Brick Event This Weekend

Just a friendly reminder to our Brisbane area readers that the Ipswich Brick Event is coming up this weekend. Check out the event page for more details including session times and ticket prices.

Ipswich Brick Event

Retailer Profile: Outer Rim Trading Co.

Outer Rim Trading Co

Welcome to retailer profile – where we talk to Australian specialist LEGO retailers about their business and their experiences with LEGO.

First up we are talking to Michael from Outer Rim Trading Co.

Bricking Around would also like to point out that Outer Rim Trading Co. contributes $1 from every sale to Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation

Be sure to check out the Outer Rim Trading Co. specials page featuring sets at least 25% off retail. There are also sealed boxes of series 10 figures available.
http://www.outerrimtradingco.com.au/content/ort-standard.asp?name=SPECIALS

Target Toy Sale – VIP Night Tuesday 25th at 6PM

Target Toy Sale 2013

Once again Target is going to be opening stores at 6PM for a special VIP shopping night. It appears that the VIP night is actually open to everybody, so be sure to check the hours for your local store. It is possible that certain sets may get snapped up during this event, so if you are holding out for an Arkham Asylum or R2-D2 set it may be worth a visit. For more of the target deals be sure to check out our summary of all the LEGO deals

Angry Minifigures: Looking beyond the media hype

Chances are that you have recently heard media reports about the increase in angry minifigures. Some of those media reports even go into the area of these changes being bad for children. Won’t somebody please think of the children!

“Lego creating more angry faces and it could harm children’s development – researcher”
- News.com.au

“Legos Study Reveals Angry Faces On Toys Could Influence Your Child’s Negative Behavior”
- Medical Daily

Unfortunately for the alarmist media, the original study has nothing to do with the impact of these figures on the development of children. I don’t think those media outlets actually took the time to read the report.

All of the alarmist articles seem to be focusing on one particular quote from the report’s author Christoph Bartneck

We cannot help but wonder how the move from only positive faces to an increasing number of negative faces impacts on how children play.

Christoph Bartneck was asking a question, not answering it.

Bricking Around took the time to read the report, and looked at some of the elements that were missed by the media.

Featured MOC: DC Superheroes Racers

Have you ever thought to yourself – “what would happen if somebody combined DC comics with the classic cartoon Wacky Racers?”

Well wonder longer, because Oky – Space Ranger has done just that and come up with a great collection of DC Superhero mini racers. Each car is styled to match the character and include lots of fun little details.

The evil Mongul is forcing Batman and some of his greatest friends and foes to compete with each other in a race to the death! The only rule is that they can’t use their superpowers. Who will win?

DC Racers by Oky - Space Ranger

Toy Sale 2013 – All the deals from Target

Target Toy Sale 2013

It’s toy sale time again. Bricking Around is going to go through the various toy catalogues and list all the LEGO deals for you to check out.

Target. On sale Wednesday 26th June 2013
Click here to view the catalogue yourself.