Interview With Dan Steininger – LEGO Master Builder

This weekend is Star Wars day, and as we previously reported LEGO Australia is going all out with a record breaking Star Wars event in Penrith.

As part of the event Bricking Around was given the chance to chat to LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger. Dan is one of only 7 master builders in the world and is clearly living the dream of any AFOL.

Our chat with Dan covers a heap of topics including Star Wars, new LEGO themes and even other building block brands.

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Check out the interview below.

LEGO Cuusoo becomes LEGO Ideas

LEGO Ideas

The LEGO Cuusoo website has officially closed down, but don’t worry; LEGO has transformed the Cuusoo experience into a new site called LEGO Ideas. The site works the same way as the original, but focuses on a more LEGO-like experience such as using existing LEGO IDs.

The site is now live at and all existing projects have been moved across.

There is a blog post on the site with more details of the change, but here is a quick overview

What’s different on LEGO Ideas?

  • Your project now has one year from the day you post it to reach 10,000 supporters. Projects that don’t reach 10,000 supporters within 365 days of being posted will automatically expire and no longer accept new supporters. If this happens, you’re welcome to re-submit the project and work to gain 10,000 fresh supporters again within a one year period. Projects carried over from LEGO CUUSOO will keep their existing supporters and have until May 1st, 2015 to qualify.
  • If you are between 13-18 years old you can now create and submit projects. If your project reaches 10,000 supporters, we will require written permission from a parent or legal guardian before your project is considered in the LEGO Review.
  • Introducing “Clutch Power.” As you participate on LEGO Ideas, you will earn points and badges that become your “Clutch Power”. The more you support, share, or create, the higher your Clutch Power points will be, and the more badges you will earn.


The Simpsons LEGO News And Sightings

We have received multiple reports regarding the highly anticipated LEGO Simpsons range. Here is a quick rundown of the various sightings..

71005 Simpsons Minifigures

The Simpsons Minifigures

  • Dan has spotted these available for purchase at Kmart in Greensborough, Melbourne.
  • Bec informs us that they are also available at Kmart in Campbellfield, Victoria.
  • We have a report from Whirlpool user S3ISOR that Myer will be stocking these, but they will not be available until 1st May.
  • Outer Rim Trading Co has full boxes of 60 available for pre-order. UPDATE: Outer Rim have got in touch to clarify – this isn’t a pre-order, they are just under embargo until Midnight.

The Simpsons House

  • The Kmart website is currently offline, but The Simpsons House was spotted on the site earlier today. It should be in stock shortly, but may be an online exclusive.
  • ShopForMe have the set up for pre-order, and are expecting stock soon. (More info here)
  • We have another Whirlpool report, this time from tommybutters, saying that The Simpsons House is in the Big W system for $298.

LEGO Simpsons House Full

Thanks to our awesome readers who got in touch with their sightings. If the reports of a May 1st embargo are true, then we should be seeing a lot more Simpsons LEGO around from tomorrow.

Mini Giveaway – Win A 30280 The Piece of Resistance Set

Here it is, our first ever giveaway! We managed to secure a 30380 The Piece of Resistance set from our local cinema, and we are giving it away to one lucky reader.

Win The LEGO Movie Polybag

This mini prize pack includes

  • 30380 The Piece of Resistance
  • The LEGO Movie mini activity booklet
  • The LEGO Movie stickers

To enter all you have to do is enter your details below. It’s as simple as that!

Entry is now closed. We will be drawing our winner shortly.

Don’t worry, we hate spam just as much as anybody. Your contact details will only be used for this competition, and then be completely deleted forever.

75059 LEGO Sandcrawler™ Now Available

LEGO Star Wars 75059 Now AvailableTo coincide with May The 4th promo, LEGO has officially released the Ultimate Collector’s Series 75059 Sandcrawler set. The set will cost Australians $449.99.


LEGO Star Wars Day Offers Available Now

LEGO always celebrates Star Wars Day (May 4th) with special offers, and this year there are a few. Click on either of the images to view more details of these offers.

LEGO Star Wars May 4th PromoFirst up we have offers available to everybody;

  • Free Darth Revan minifigure
  • Free Exclusive Poster
  • 15% Off selected LEGO Star Wars sets

Unfortunately it looks like the Sandcrawler and Ewok Village sets aren’t included in the sale. The Ewok Village can still be purchased from fairly cheaply though.

May 4th VIP Prize PackageLEGO VIP club members also have the chance to win an awesome collection of Star Wars sets;

To enter, simply make a LEGO Star Wars™ purchase as a registered LEGO VIP in a LEGO Store or via, 28th April to 4th May.
If you are not yet a LEGO VIP, learn more about how you can join, and secure an entry with your first purchase!


10244 Fairground Mixer Unveiled At Sydney Brick Show

LEGO has used the Sydney Brick Show to unveil a new Creator Expert set – 10244 Fairground Mixer.

The set contains 1746 pieces and recreates a heap of classic fairground rides and attractions.

LEGO 10244 Fairground Mixer Box

In an interesting move we also have an Australian price! The set will retail for $199.99 in Australia. The set will be available for purchase in June from LEGO Online. There are reports that this set will exclusive to David Jones in Australia.

Check out the gallery, designer video and press release below.

Reminder: Sydney Brick Show On Now

With all the excitement of new set images we almost completely forgot that the Sydney Brick Show kicked off today. Bricking Around unfortunately won’t be able to make it this year, but we hope all of our Sydney readers can make it. The last two shows have been a blast, so this one should be too. Check out the event link below for ticket and session information.

Sydney Brick Show 2014

New 2014 Sets: LEGO Creator

The UK Version of Amazon has released a heap of new set details, and we are going to go through them all for you.

Here are the Creator sets coming soon

The new Bike Shop and Cafe set looks like the stand-out in this wave of sets. The set looks like a scaled down version of the popular Modular Building series. We suspect there will be a lot of people adding this to their City line-up.

New 2014 Sets: LEGO City

The UK Version of Amazon has released a heap of new set details, and we are going to go through them all for you.

Here are the City sets coming soon

Looks like the citizens of LEGO City are heading back to the Arctic for the first time since 2000. We also have three new sets that are all perfect for train fans.