First Look At 10247 Ferris Wheel

Overnight an image has surfaced online that seems to be of the new Ferris Wheel set coming out shortly.

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The image appears to come from a LEGO store calendar, so our guess is that it’s legitimate.

We think this looks great, and can’t wait to learn more about it. This was rumoured as a mid-May VIP release so we should have more details soon.

Let us know in the comments what you think.

Via http://www.thebrickfan.com/first-look-at-lego-creator-ferris-wheel-10247/

On Sale: Catch Of The Day LEGO Sale

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Online deal site Catch of the day currently have a large selection of LEGO sets for sale. As with all Catch of the day sales this is a limited offer, and stock is already limited for some of the sets listed.

We have run the numbers on a few of the discounts and there are savings of 20% or greater on some sets. If you are looking at the prices don’t forget to factor in delivery costs – there isn’t much point saving $10 if delivery is $20.

You can check out the products on sale here https://www.catchoftheday.com.au/event/46724/

Thanks to Brad for letting us know about the sale.

DC Super Hero Girls To Become New LEGO Range

It’s been a bit of a slow period for LEGO news, but we have come across this potentially interesting announcement from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment;

A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls

When they say universe, they really seem to mean it; this new concept will include “Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products.”

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Here is the initial description from the press release;

Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential.  Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.

Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.

So what does this have to do with LEGO? Well even though the press release mentions partnership with Mattel (who now own Mega Bloks) they have decided that The LEGO Group will be the Exclusive Construction Partner. This means that in early 2016 there will be a new line of female focused DC Super Hero Girls LEGO sets.

At this stage we don’t know anything about the range, but our guess is that these sets will feature minidolls rather than standard minifigures. This seems to be LEGO’s preferred option for female focused sets.

We can’t wait to see the products; the biggest complaint with the Friends line has always been the stereotypically feminine storylines and lack of action. A new female focused range with characters that kick butt can only be a good thing, right?

Via http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/04/22/wb-and-dc-entertainment-in-partnership-with-mattel-launch-dc-super-hero-girls

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On Sale: Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price On Selected Themes At Toys R Us

Were you worried that the end of the school holidays meant that Toys R Us were going to take a break from sales? Well you can let out a sigh of relief because they are kicking off a new offer.

From tomorrow (Wednesday April 22nd 2015) until Tuesday May 12th Toys R Us are offering Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on selected themes.

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While it may not be all LEGO, the range of included themes is quite good; Ninjago, Chima, Bionicle, Friends, City, Creator, Duplo, Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars and Juniors.

You can check out the catalogue here

71016 The Kwik-E-Mart Now Available For VIPs

The Kwik-E-Mart doesn’t go on sale to the general public until May, but if you happen to have a LEGO VIP account you can order this set right now.

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To access the offer you will need to be logged in to your VIP account. Also, there is a limit of one per household.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/VIP-Early-Access-71016

On Sale: 50% Off Second Toy At Myer

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Will this assault on our wallets easy up any time soon? After their successful sale-within-a-sale last week Myer have decided to try it again, but this time with a slightly different offer.

From today (April 15th 2015) until Sunday 19th April Myer are offering 50% off your second toy.

That is the equivalent of 25% off if you are buying two identically priced items. 25% is of course slightly better than the 20% they are running.

You can view the details of the offer here

Sydney Brick Show 2015 This Weekend

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The Sydney Brick Show has grown in to one of Australia’s largest gatherings for LEGO fans. If you haven’t already got your tickets you’re in luck – while many sessions are limited, there are still tickets available.

If you are in the Sydney area we highly recommend heading out to see the show.

This year the show will feature the world’s first playable experience of the new LEGO Jurassic World Game! While visiting the show this year pop on over to the LEGO Jurassic World Video Game Area and take a pre-release peek, courtesy of Warner Bros. Games Australia.

You can learn more about the event via the event link below, or at http://sydneybrickshow.com.au/

Additional LEGO Dimensions Information

Thanks to the Australian game retailer EB Games, we have some additional information about LEGO Dimensions.

First up, we have the game description.

What is LEGO® Dimensions?

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO® worlds, different characters from DC Comics™, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman™, Gandalf™ and Wyldstyle™ bravely jump into the vortex and quickly find themselves fighting to save all of LEGO® humanity.

Let creativity be the guide to a building and gaming adventure – journey through unexpected worlds and team-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Play with different minifigures from different worlds together in one LEGO videogame, and use each other’s vehicles and gadgets in a way never before possible. LEGO® Bad Cop™ driving the DeLorean Time Machine…why not?! The LEGO® Ninjago™ Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman™…yes, please! Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with LEGO Dimensions is that there are no rules.

We also have a bit of extra information about the plot

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There is an ancient planet at the centre of the LEGO® Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of LEGO worlds to help him find these building bricks of LEGO® civilization. Some have agreed. Others have rebelled. And only the combined powers of the greatest LEGO® heroes can stop him.

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various LEGO worlds, different characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings™ and The LEGO® Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex. As they journey to locations beyond their wildest imaginations in search of their friends, they soon realize that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from across different LEGO® worlds to help him gain control. As his power grows, worlds mix, unexpected characters meet and all boundaries are broken. Our heroes must travel through space and time to rescue their friends before the vortexes destroy all of LEGO® humanity.

EB Games also have a large range of products listed on their site, including pricing. EB Games will often put stuff up for pre-order with placeholder pricing, so these prices may not be final.

Starter Packs – $169.95

Available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and Wii U. Click on the images to view the larger version.

Level Packs – $49.95

Only the Back To The Future level pack has been announced so far.

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Team Packs – $39.95

We only have one team pack so far, based on Ninjago.

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Fun Packs – $24.95

A heap of different characters. These all look pretty great. Click on the images to view the larger version.

As mentioned, we aren’t certain these are final RRP prices. Let’s hope they actually come in lower; buying one starter pack and all of the packs announced would set you back $584.20

Via https://ebgames.com.au/featured/lego-dimensions

Thanks to Glen for linking us to the EB website.

Introducing LEGO Dimensions

We had a few teasers earlier in the week, but now we have official details of the new LEGO game and toy hybrid – LEGO Dimensions.

The concept is ‘inspired by’ other toy-to-life games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. For those not familiar with the concept it involves placing certain objects on a special “portal”, and then the vehicle or character in question will appear in the game.

Here is the launch trailer

The starter pack includes the portal, 3 minifigures (Batman, Wyldstyle and Gandalf) as well as a small Batmobile. The portal and Batmobile are both built elements; you’ll get to put them together yourself.

It appears that most of the work is done by the special base piece, so everything else should be regular LEGO.

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The LEGO Dimensions website also gives us a look at the expansions that will be available

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There appears to be three different types of packs; Team Packs (with 2 minifigures), Level Packs (which include a new game level) and smaller Fun Packs (these appear to be a single minifigure, and a vehicle).

The game is going to be full of Warner Bros IP. This is a bit of a mixed blessing; Warner Bros own a lot of great properties, but there are plenty that they don’t own. For example Marvel characters are extremely unlikely here.

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The inclusion of The Wizard of Oz is intriguing.

We suspect that AFOL reaction is going to be mixed, but the target market will probably love this. The biggest question that we have is how well the game works when a child mixes the parts for their LEGO Dimensions Batmobile in with the rest of their LEGO.

Let us know in the comments what you think of this.

LEGO Dimensions will be available for Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 on September 28th 2015. (That should be the Australian release date).

Via http://www.lego.com/en-us/dimensions/

On Sale: 3rd Toy Free At Myer

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The LEGO sale drought certainly seems to be over. How can we tell? There is a sale happening within a sale.

From yesterday (8th April 2015) until Sunday 12th April Myer are offering your 3rd Toy Free.

Of course, that works out the be an impressive 33% off (if you buy three identically priced items).

This sale does not stack with the 20% off, but if you are buying multiple items the Myer registers should automatically calculate the best deal.

Via Myer

Thanks to Edward for sending the info through.