Happy Easter

I hope everybody is having a great Easter. This is always a great time for LEGO sales and the four days off gives you plenty of time to build.

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Let me know in the comments what your LEGO Easter plans are. Hitting the sales or some quiet building at home?

Thanks to Belinda and blockstoabrickfight for their LEGO Easter pictures, featured above.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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Big W are known for prices that are slightly below RRP, so when they offer a 20% off sale the prices usually end up being pretty great.

To celebrate the Easter long weekend Big W are offering 20% off LEGO from today (Thursday April 13th) until Monday April 17th 2017.

This offer is valid in-store and online. You can check out the online range here.

If you are heading in-store don’t forget to check the Easter trading ours of your local store.

Brick-a-laide 2017 This Friday & Saturday

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What makes a Good Friday into a Great Friday? The addition of some LEGO, and that should be easy for those of you in Adelaide.

The annual Brick-a-laide show returns to the Adelaide Convention Centre this Friday and Saturday (April 14th and 15th).

The show will feature a fantastic line-up of brick creations, showcased by local and interstate modellers and builders.You can expect to see a wide range of world class displays. There will also be plenty of other attractions on offer.

Online tickets cost $12 for adults and $7 for children aged 2 – 15 year. There is a family pass (2 adults & 2 kids) available for $34. Tickets are available at the door for a little more, and a Sensory Friendly session is also being run. You can get your tickets here.

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or the Brick-a-laide website.

On Sale: 15-20% Off At Myer When You Buy 2 or More Items

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Myer currently have two sales on, both with a slightly annoying qualifier.

There is 20% off when you buy two or more items except Creator and Technic which only get 15% off. Both offers require you to buy two or more items, which isn’t exactly a big issue but could be a pain if there was only one thing you were after.

The 20% off offer starts today (April 12th) and runs until 11:59pm AEST Monday April 17th 2017. This is also an online only offer.

The 15% off offer starts today (April 12th) and runs until 11:59pm AEST Sunday April 30th 2017. This one doesn’t specifically mention being online only.

Minifigures and clearance items are excluded.

Of particular interest should be the recently listed Assembly Square set. Buying just LEGO the cheapest way to get the Assembly Square is to add a cheap City set. That brings your total to $332.72. About 17% off and a free city set. Note that currently the Assembly Square is not listed as a Creator set, but they may update that and drop the discount down to 15%.

You can view the full Myer LEGO range here.

Sydney Brick Show 2017 – Win A Family Pass

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The Sydney Brick Show returns to Sydney Town Hall these school holidays to bring joy to LEGO fans of all ages.

The show features 2,500m² of LEGO fun on two levels. Featuring new and original LEGO brick creations built by over 100 fans from Sydney and interstate.

First held in 2012, the annual fan event welcomes approx 15,000 visitors for an exciting day out. The Sydney Brick Show is a community event created by volunteer LEGO fans for people of all ages.

The show will feature unique pop-culture, nostalgia, sci-fi and ‘geekery’ builds, plus vintage LEGO displays from your childhood. There will also be retail opportunities, character appearances and giveaways. There will also be a cafe on-site for when you need a break.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for juniors (2 – 16) and a family ticket (4 people) is available for $47. You can purchase your tickets from Ticketmaster. Read on for your chance to win one of two family passes.

The Sydney Brick Show is a not-for-profit event, presented in support of Bear Cottage, an initiative of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. 2017 show will continue this support, having donated over $60,000 since 2012. Volunteers and families from Bear Cottage will also be attending the event.

You can read more about the event on Facebook or via the event page at the end of the article.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne’s Retail Store Is Now Open

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While the official opening of the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne isn’t until April 18th, Melbourne AFOL Chris discovered today that the retail store (the bit for big kids) is now open for trade.

Chris was awesome enough to send through a heap of images and some important information about the store. I’m not able to travel down for the opening but thanks to Chris’ work I almost feel like I was there.

First up, the bit that everybody wants to start with – Pick-a-brick. Pricing for the Pick-a-brick wall is the same as the Dreamworld store – $14.99 for a small cup and $29.99 for a large cup. The two images below should give you a good idea of the parts selection (click for larger versions).

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The lineup seems fairly similar to what is on offer at the Dreamworld store.

Read on for more details and a huge gallery of pictures from the store.

On Sale: 20% Off At Target’s eBay Store, Plus Bonus $10 Off

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The Target eBay store has been updated to reflect the 20% off currently being offered by Target.

Like the catalogue offer this should run until April 30th.

If you are looking to save a little more eBay are offering a bonus discount. Enter code CHOCCY to get $10 off when you spend $50 or more. This isn’t a percentage offer so it doesn’t scale well – spend $300 and you still only get $10 off. This code expires April 16th. The codes is not exclusive to Target, it can be used on any eBay purchase.

View the Target eBay range here.

Thanks to Max T for sharing this info

Triple VIP Point Offer On Now

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Well this is unexpected! Out of the blue LEGO have just announced a Triple VIP Point offer on their online store.

I am sure this is going to be enough to get a lot of people over the line on those exclusives that are only available online.

The triple VIP offer runs from today (April 7th) until April 23rd.

There is also 10% off a range of older sets.

Don’t forget that the mini Beetle offer is also on.

Head on over to https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/ to place your order. Don’t forget to make sure you are signed in to your VIP account.

To illustrate how great this offer is, here are all the people that let me know about it: Chris, Ali, Andrew, Jason and David. Thanks to you all.

LEGO Ideas No Longer Allowing Projects Using Existing IP

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The LEGO Ideas team yesterday published a new post on the Ideas Blog outlining some new rules for the site.

The super short version – from now there will be no new projects featuring existing properties LEGO has a licence for. This means that there will be no new Star Wars projects and no new Superheroes projects just to name a couple of themes.

There will be some people with planned projects undoubtedly annoyed by the change but I think it’s a good idea. The LEGO design team are always working on new ideas related to the IPs that they have access to, and this change prevents an idea that they are already working on hitting 10k.

Existing projects have not been removed but the rule change seems to imply pretty heavily that there is no chance they’ll pass review.

This change will likely result in less projects being uploaded but it may also help interesting and innovative ideas become more prominent.

The new rule works with a previous change that prevented follow-up ideas. For example you can’t submit a second Big Bang Theory set idea.

You can read more about the new rule here. LEGO have also provided a list of restricted licences here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W’s eBay Store

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For a while the Big W eBay store shut down but it is now absolutely back. It also happens to be offering 20% off LEGO at the moment.

To take advantage of this offer you will need to use the code CBIGW at checkout. Unfortunately because this is done as a code you won’t be able to also get the additional 5% off.

The offer started today (April 6th) and runs until April 12th 2017.

View their LEGO range here.