Trainspotting: Where To Get Your Hogwarts Express

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Over the last few days quite a few of you have got in touch with me to let me know that the Hogwarts Express has been spotted in the wild. The set was originally intended to be a Toys R Us exclusive but has now been set for a general release. With so much interest in this set I’m going to have a look at the various buying options for this set.

The set has an official RRP of $139.99

LEGO Online – Backorder with a bonus

If you are not in a particular rush for the set then ordering it from LEGO online is one option you may want to consider. You’ll be paying RRP but a new promotion has just launched that will see you also get an exclusive Diagon Alley promotional set. The set is on backorder but should be shipping this week according to the website.

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The only issue with buying from LEGO online is that you’ll need to add $10 extra to your order to qualify for free shipping. With shipping at $12.50 it cheaper to get more LEGO rather than pay for shipping. You can find the product listing here.

Target – $139.00

Scanning the barcode for the set with the Target app reveals that Target’s asking price is just below RRP at $139. If you can find one in-store and want it today then this isn’t a terrible option. There is no bonus though. You can find the Target product page here, but the set is not available to buy online.

Big W – $139 (or $149)

The Big W app shows the price as $139 but I have heard from multiple people that they were asking for $149 for the set. It’s possible that they have since updated their pricing or the in-store system is showing an incorrect price. You should be able to easily get it at $139 (their own app shows that price) but it might be a little more work than Target. This set is not currently listed on the Big W website.

Kmart – Unknown

I am not aware of any Kmart sightings at this stage. Expect to pay $139 here too but it’s possible that Kmart may go a little lower. It’s not currently listed on the Kmart website.

Myer/David Jones – RRP Probably

Both Myer and David Jones generally charge RRP for sets. If David Jones has a sale then it may be included as they aren’t as tough with exclusions. Expect the set to be excluded from any Myer sales as Harry Potter has been left out regularly.

Dreamworld or LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Both of these stores should be stocking the set. For Queenslanders the Dreamworld store does currently have a bonus Christmas Carousel offer that you’ll get with the Hogwarts Express.

If you spot this set at a store not mentioned above let me know in the comments.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Kmart

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A new Kmart catalogue started on Thursday and I totally missed it. Kmart don’t have as many sales as other retailers and as a result there catalogues usually aren’t worth checking.

The majority of this catalogue is just advertising Kmart’s regular price on their LEGO range but there are a few that are legitimately discounted, not to mention the fact that some of the non-sale prices are pretty low too.

The sale runs from November 1st through to November 14th. You can check out the catalogue for yourself here or view the list of included sets below.

Official Overwatch Set Details – Including Local Pricing

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There are some licensed LEGO themes where I legitimately have no familiarity with the source material. That’s true for these Overwatch sets. I have never played the game and I don’t know anything about the characters, locations and the story of the game. I’m relying on the Overwatch fans among you to let me know if these sets are amazing or an abomination.

I quite like the look of some of these but that’s as far as my opinion goes.

All of the sets are now listed on the Australian online store with a January 1st release.

Here are the details of the six sets announced.

Seagulls Brick Event This Weekend

Do you live on the Gold Coast or in the very northern parts of NSW? Brickevents Pty Ltd is coming to Seagulls for the very first time in November 2018 for the inaugural Seagulls Brick Event.

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The Seagulls Brick Event is set to showcase amazing LEGO creations from many talented local brick builders. It will take place at the club on Gollan Drive, Tweed Heads West. For any Queenslanders heading to the event be aware that it is across the border so you’ll need to factor in daylight savings times.

The show is an event for all ages and will be one of the biggest yet held on the Gold Coast Coast showcasing over 30 different exhibits. Themes on display will encompass Space and Star Wars, City (with working trains), Wild West, operating Technic vehicles and much much more.

The build and play tables along with the creation walls and the build a train play area will be extremely popular with children and the adults of all ages. Retail outlets will be offering fans all the latest in LEGO® products, games, merchandise and jewellery creations.

There are a range of ticket bundle options available with single adult tickets for $14.50 and children $9.50. There are some additional fees with the booking site. Child tickets are for children 3 -15 years with those under 3 being free. You can buy your tickets online here.

Get Assembly Square For Under $240

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Sometimes you get made aware of a deal on a single set that warrants it’s own article.

A combination of an eBay sale and a Myer sale has created the perfect discount storm on 10255 Assembly Square.

The set has an RRP of $399.99 but you can get one for $239.20. That’s 40% off RRP for the most expensive modular.

Head over to the eBay listing and enter the code PRANCER at checkout for an extra 20% off Myer’s sale price.

The eBay code ends November 1st so get in quick.

Thanks to Paul for letting me know about this.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Myer

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Myer is home to a whole range of hard to find sets which lately have been excluded from their sales. In an attempt to make up for those exclusions Myer has a new catalogue out that features discounts on a whole range of those exclusive sets, including the UCS Millennium Falcon and modulars.

The discounts are not incredible but they are still worth checking out. The catalogue also includes the Harry Potter sets but they are all at RRP so I didn’t bother including them in the list below.

Myer is also promoting their availability of 40262 Christmas Train Ride. This is a great little addition to your order for $15.

You can check out the list of sale sets at the end of the article. This sale runs from today (October 30th) until November 25th.

Woolworths 10% bonus offer

If you are planning to pick up something from this Myer sale then you may want to wait until tomorrow and head in to your local Woolworths first. On offer is an extra 10% on gift cards up to $200. If you are planning on making a big purchase then this is a nice way to save a little extra.

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On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

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Big W has a new catalogue out tomorrow with a wide variety of LEGO sets on sale.

Some of the discounts are above 30% so it’s definitely worth checking out the list. They also have some of the best prices I’ve seen so far on the 2018 Advent calendars.

This sale runs from October 25th to November 7th.

The catalogue isn’t on the Big W website yet but you can see the list of sets below.

The Australian Warehouse Is Now Fully Operational

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LEGO shared news last week that the Australian warehouse was now fully operational. I hadn’t posted that yet because there was one question I was waiting on clarification on and I’ve just got an answer today. Here’s the lowdown on the Australian warehouse.

Shipping Prices

This is unchanged from what has previously been reported. Orders over $149 will get free standard delivery. Orders under that threshold will be $12.50 for standard delivery.

Express shipping costs $30 for all orders.

Payment & International Transaction Fees

This is what I’d been trying to get an answer on and I’m pleased to tell you that all transactions are now processed locally. This means that you will no longer get a nasty surprise on your credit card for international transaction fees.

Unfortunately at this stage there are no plans to offer PayPal as a payment method.

Delivery Times

Here are LEGO’s official delivery estimates.

State
Standard Delivery Times
NSW1-3 business days
ACT1-2 business days
VIC1-3 business days
QLD1-4 business days
SA2-3 business days
NT2-7 business days
WA3-8 business days
TAS4-5 business days

Those times seem to be fairly accurate from what I have heard.

Promotions

Australia should generally be getting the same promotions as Europe, but this may vary slightly. Here’s LEGO’s official wording: “We will continue offering gifts and special offers. Sometimes they will coincide with the ones offered in Europe, and other times they could be unique.”

Pick-a-Brick Orders

All PaB orders will still be coming internationally and have longer delivery timeframes.

Overall I think these changes will make shopping from the online store a more realistic proposition for more products.

You can find more information on the shipping and handling page of the Australian store.

Spooky Giveaway: Win A 40260 Halloween Haunt Set

It’s Halloween next week and to celebrate I am giving away one of the 40260 Halloween Haunt sets.

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This spooky set features a vampire minifigure, a skeleton, some fantastic brick built scenery and some great spooky accessories. For your chance to win all you need to do is enter your details in the form below.

If you don’t win the 40260 set has been released in Big W stores but stock seems to be limited.

Review: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

The Winter Village sub-theme is a popular range of Creator Expert sets, with a new addition released each year. This year it’s the Winter Village Fire Station.

This is my first entry into the Winter Village, can this wintery setting win over a Queenslander who has never seen snow? Read on to find out.

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Build Experience

Christmas is a special time of the year for a lot of families – people take time of work and kids are home from school. It’s the perfect time for everybody to come together and build some LEGO. That is the approach that LEGO have taken with this set, with the build very deliberately split up across two books.

The first book covers the supplementary builds – the bench, Christmas tree, fountain and fire engine. It would be easy to pass the book around so that multiple kids could each build a standalone part.