What Happened To LEGO Fusion In Australia?

LEGO Fusion LOGO

You may remember that back in June LEGO made a bit of a splash in the media about a new range of products called LEGO Fusion that were going to bridge the divide between the physical and the digital.

All of the coverage (from Engadget to The Australian) had one thing in common; the idea that this was about keeping LEGO relevant with kids who grow up with touchscreens. At the time there were a lot of LEGO fans that were intrigued by the concept.

The sets were scheduled for release in August, and at the time we said that we didn’t have an Australian price. It is currently the middle of October and we still don’t have Australian pricing, or any indication of an Australian release date. Our quick investigation seems to indicate that these sets are only available in the US.

The associated apps (the part that made this theme innovative) aren’t even available in the Australian iTunes store so if you wanted to buy these sets from overseas you would also have to gain access the US iTunes store.

What we find quite intriguing about all of this is that nobody seems to care. We haven’t had a single email from people looking for the Fusion sets and Australian discussion about these sets seems to be non-existent. These sets were developed by a department in LEGO called the Future Lab, but at this point in time these sets don’t really seem to be the future of LEGO.

It’s possible that this theme was a big miscalculation on the part of LEGO. The LEGO Fusion sets come with around 200 bricks that the game with recognise, and we suspect that will hold very little appeal for children who know their way around Minecraft on an iPad. There is also the possibility that these just aren’t very good; according to Amazon reviews 21206 Create & Race currently has 1.5 stars and 21205 Battle Towers has 2.5 stars.

It will be interesting too see what happens with LEGO Fusion. These sets could release in Australia tomorrow and become the next big thing, but that seems unlikely.

We’d love to know what you think about LEGO Fusion in the comments.

New Hobbit Sets Now Available

The final instalment of The Hobbit film trilogy may not hit Australian cinemas until December but like Smaug emerging from the Lonely Mountain the tie-in LEGO sets have been unleashed on the world.

These sets are schedule for Australian retail release in October (according the the catalogue) so will hopefully be appearing soon. There are also a few other buying options.

79015 Witch-king Battle

LEGO Online$22.99Link
Shopforme$18.39Link
Amazon$25.27Link

79016 Attack on Lake-town

LEGO Online$59.99Link
Shopforme$47.99Link
Amazon$47.46Link

79017 The Battle of Five Armies

LEGO Online$99.99Link
Shopforme$79.99Link
Amazon$107.78Link

79018 The Lonely Mountain

LEGO Online$189.99Link
Shopforme$151.99Link
Amazon$179.17Link

Unfortunately the drop in the Australian dollar has made the Amazon prices less impressive than they once were. The shipping on 79017 from Amazon was quite high; we aren’t sure why.

Currently Shopforme have the best deal overall, but The Lonely Mountain is not actually in stock yet.

Amazon pricing is based on Amazon currency conversion option (as on 17th October 2014) and shipping to our Brisbane address.

On Sale: 20% Off With Toys R Us Friends & Family Sale

If you missed out on the Toys R Us sale that wrapped up on the 14th, you can relax. Toys R Us having another of their Friends & Family sales this weekend (October 17th – 19th 2014).

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Using the voucher or online code you will be able to receive 20% off any full priced item.

Click on the image above, or click here, to view the voucher.

Via Facebook

Online Offer: Free Toy Workshop Set

If you had previously been on the fence about the Santa’s Workshop set, then this new bonus offer from the Australian online LEGO store may just get you over the line.40106 Toy WorkshopSpend $100 between now and October 31st 2014 and you will receive this bonus Toy Workshop set. Not only is this set cute, it also goes perfectly with 10245 Santa’s Workshop.

The site seems to currently be under heavy load, so you may need to be patient.

The Double VIP points offer also continues until the end of the month.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-Free-Gift

 

Amazon Offers Are Back

Amazon Logo

We were pleased to discover that Amazon has started shipping some items to Australia again. This isn’t as comprehensive as it has been previously, but we will continue to monitor the availability.

Over on the right of the page we have re-enabled the Amazon Offers box, and selected two deals we felt worth sharing.

76022 X-Men vs. The Sentinel

This set seems to be hard to find, and the Australian RRP is quite high. We know from our affiliate data that this set was previously quite popular.
This set can currently be shipped for AUD $65.48, which is 18% off the Australian RRP of $79.99.

10218 Creator Pet Shop

This set had quite a high Australian RRP. Buying from Amazon works out a few dollars cheaper than a local 20% off sale, but this set may be hard to find in-store as it has been out for a little while.
This set can currently be shipped for AUD $212.38, which is 21% off the Australian RRP of $269.99.

71006 The Simpsons House

We didn’t have room on the side bar for three offers so we left this one off in favour of the X-Men set with a better discount. We do know that this is a popular set that may now be hard to find in stores.
This set can currently be shipped for AUD $282.16, which is 14% off the Australian RRP of $329.99.

All Amazon prices based on the Amazon currency conversion option (as on 15th October 2014) and shipping to our Brisbane address.

Australian Price For 75060 UCS Slave I

75060 UCS Slave I Price

As pointed out by Al in the comments of our last Slave I article, the Australian price for 75060 has been released.

According to the Australian online LEGO store the local price is $299.99

That is actually better than some people were expecting. After factoring in exchange rates and tax, the converted US price is $249.89. This means that Australian’s are paying a modest 20% markup; which is quite low for a licensed set.

Hopefully this set will show up in retail stores next year.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 6: Star Wars

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at the Star Wars range for 2015.

Star Wars

Unfortunately Star Wars Episode VII isn’t scheduled for release until December 2015, so it is too early for sets based on the film. What we do have so far is a collection of sets from the existing parts of the Star Wars universe, including more from the new Rebels cartoon. There is also a second series of Microfighters sets.

75073 Vulture Droid

75073 Vulture Droid
75074 Snowspeeder

75074 Snowspeeder
75075 AT-AT

75075 AT-AT
75076 Republic Gunship

75076 Republic Gunship
75077 Homing Spider Droid

75077 Homing Spider Droid
75078 Imperial Troop Transport

75078 Imperial Troop Transport
75079 Shadow Troopers

75079 Shadow Troopers
75080 AAT

75080 AAT
75081 T-16 Skyhopper

75081 T-16 Skyhopper
75082 TIE Advanced Prototype

75082 TIE Advanced Prototype
75083 AT-DP

75083 AT-DP
75084 Wookiee Gunship

75084 Wookiee Gunship
75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier

75086 Battle Droid Troop Carrier
75088 Senate Commando Troopers

75088 Senate Commando Troopers
75089 Geonosis Troopers

75089 Geonosis Troopers
75090 Ezra’s Speeder Bike

75090 Ezras Speeder Bike

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

Upper Hunter Brick Show – November 2nd

We are always interesting in hearing about LEGO events, so we were quite excited to receive an email about a LEGO event taking place in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales on November 2nd.

The Upper Hunter Brick Show is being put on to help raise funds for the 2nd Muswellbrook Scout Group.

Upper Hunter Brick Show 2014

You can find out more about the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UpperHunterBrickShow or check out the event page below.

2015 Set Images Surface Online – Part 5: Technic

Every year in October, LEGO fans start to wonder what the following year will have in store. We have already seen leaks with set names, but now we have pictures to go with them. Over on YouTube a user by the name of Just2Good has uploaded several videos with what appear to be official images of various 2015 sets.

Click on any image to view a larger version

In this post we are going to look at the new Technic range for 2015.

Technic

The 2015 range has quite a diverse collection of subjects. There should be something here for you no matter what type of vehicle interests you.

42031 Cherry Picker

42031 Cherry Picker
42032 Compact Tracked Loader

42032 Compact Tracked Loader
42034 Quad Bike

42034 Quad Bike
42035 Mining Truck

42035 Mining Truck
42036 Street Motorcycle

42036 Street Motorcycle
42037 Formula Off-Roader

42037 Formula Off-Roader
42038 Arctic Truck

42038 Arctic Truck
42039 24 Hours Race Car

42039 24 Hours Race Car
42041 Race Truck

 42041 Race Truck

Via https://www.youtube.com/user/just2goodEurobricks/videos

The St George Brick Fair 2014 – Sunday October 12

We just received a message on Facebook about an event taking place tomorrow (Sunday 12th October 2014). Here are the details.

Hurstville South Public School is excited to be hosting the The St George Brick Fair 2014 on Sunday 12 October, 2014 between 10am to 5pm.

The show will showcase amazing Lego creations from some of the best lego creators and builders in Australia. The St George Brick Fair will have on display over 1/2 million blocks built into displays that will excite both the young and… um… not so young.

Along with the displays, there will be also a Brick Play area for those who are feeling inspired and creative after viewing the exhibitions. Entry is only $5 per person and all fund raised goes to the long overdue playground redevelopment project at the Hurstville South Public School.