LEGO Batman Make & Take At Toys R Us

The last Toys R Us Make & Take event filled incredibly quickly, so don’t muck around with this one.

On Saturday April 1st 2017 Toys R Us are having a LEGO Batman Movie themed Make & Take at all stores. You can build and take home this cute little Batman car. This is only for VIP customers so you will need to login to register.

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There seems to be plenty of sessions, but these events always get sold out so don’t wait too long.

Click here to sign up

Bricks @ The Woden School This Weekend

While the big shows get a lot of the attention you can have just as much fun at a smaller show that supports a local cause. This weekend LEGO fans in Canberra have a chance to attend one of those shows with the return of Bricks @ The Woden School. The school provides education programs for students with an intellectual disability and the event will help raise funds to support their work.

Bricks At The Woden School

Presented by CLUG and the Woden School Parents & Citizens Association the event will feature plenty of exhibits from talented Canberra builders.

Tickets to the event are just $3 for children and $5 for adults. A family ticket is available for $10. No need to pre-purchase tickets online as they are only available at the door.

The event runs from 9am to 4pm on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of March 2017 and is held at the school (127 Denison St Deakin).

More information about the venue can be found on the event page below, or via Facebook.

LEGO Worlds Now Available

LEGO Worlds XB1 Box Shot

The Minecraft style building and exploration game LEGO Worlds has been available on PCs as an early access title for a while, now it is officially available to purchase for PS4 and Xbox One gamers.

If you are looking to pick up a copy of the game your best bet is going to be Big W at $39 for either console version. If you don’t happen to live near a Big W store you can check out the additional pricing options below. Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait a while longer, with a version planned but not available yet. Each price below is a link to that product page.

 
Xbox One
PS4
Big W$39.00$39.00
Target$44.00$44.00
JB Hi Fi$49.00$49.00
EB Games$49.95$49.95

For anybody not familiar with the game here is some additional information and the official launch trailer.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Looking For Young Creative Crew Members

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Do you live in Melbourne and have a little LEGO fan aged 6 – 12 years? LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne are currently looking to recruit a crew of young builders.

The Creative Crew will consist of 12 young LEGO fans who will become experts on everything to do with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. The crew will be invited to attend special VIP days, preview events and one-on-one building classes with unlimited access to the centre all year.

Crew members will be the first to test out and explore the attraction and help the centre become the best LEGO attraction ever. The position includes the chance to build and test new models for events, report on what’s new and share tips with other LEGO fans.

If you have a young builder who would be interested in joining all you need to do is build an original LEGO model and have a 30 second video posted to Facebook or Instagram (with permission via a parent or guardian’s account) showing off their model and answering the question, “Why do you want to be in the Creative Crew?” You must include #CreativeCrewMelb in the Facebook or Instagram post to enter your video. Videos can be posted on the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne Facebook page, or onto a personal Facebook or Instagram page.

The competition runs from 10 March – 30 March 2017.

Good luck to all the young master builders out there.

More information, terms and conditions available here https://melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/whats-inside/news/creative-crew/

 

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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While their “buy one, get one half price” sale is coming to an end, Toys R Us aren’t leaving LEGO fans with nothing.

The new catalogue features a range of sets on sale in an attempt to keep you interested. This catalogue starts tomorrow (March 15th) and runs through until Tuesday March 28th.

The Toys R Us exclusive 70912 is featured in the catalogue, but only with a $20 saving for VIP customers. It’s hard to know if Toys R Us will be offering a flat 20% off any time soon, but 12% isn’t the most impressive offer.

You can view the catalogue for yourself here, or see the list of sets below.

Win The Ultimate Modular Prize Pack

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This is amazing. I’m usually a pretty positive guy who is fairly generous with superlatives, but calling this amazing is probably an understatement.

LEGO are holding a competition that is only being promoted to LEGO fans through RLUGs or RLFM sites (like this one). The prize is ALL OF THE MODULARS. No, that doesn’t just mean the modulars that are currently available, I mean all of the modulars. It seems that somebody at LEGO has been doing some digging through their secret vaults.

This is the full prize:

  • 10230 LEGO Mini Modulars
  • 10182 LEGO Café Corner
  • 10190 LEGO Market Street
  • 10185 LEGO Green Grocer
  • 101097 LEGO Fire Brigade
  • 10211 LEGO Grand Emporium
  • 10218 LEGO Pet Shop
  • 10224 LEGO Town Hall
  • 10232 Palace Cinema
  • 10251 Brick Bank
  • 10246 Detective’s Office
  • 10243 Parisian Restaurant
  • 10255 Assembly Square

Yep – all of that. Two runners up will win a 10255 Assembly Square.

It’s the dream of a lot of LEGO fans to own the full set of modular buildings, and now is your chance to get the older ones new in a box from LEGO directly. Buying all of those sets new in box would cost you thousands.

How do you win? To enter this competition you need to create your own LEGO Mini Modular building. There are some specific specifications that you will need to comply with:

  • Your model should be 8 x 8 studs.
  • Must include two stud wide footpath/sidewalk.
  • The model must feature two “Technic Brick 2×1 with 1 Hole” so that it can connect to other models. These should be positioned 2 studs in from the back and four from the front
  • Can be either a straight or corner building.
  • There is no restriction on height.
  • Should be a similar scale to 10230 LEGO Mini Modulars and not include LEGO Minifigures.
  • Do not make a licensed mini modular.
  • You can build with real bricks or use LEGO Digital Designer software
  • Some photo editing is allowed, for example to replicate a printed brick.

There are a few more rules that you can check on the competition page. There are also some restrictions on who can enter, but none that should affect Australian entrants.

You can submit your entry via the competition page here. Entries close on May 13th 2017 so you’ve got a little bit of time to plan and build something awesome. Good luck everybody.

Here’s that prize list again…

New Offer Active At LEGO Online

I know that there were a few people hoping that a new offer would become active before the Double VIP offer ended. If that was you, you’ve got a couple of days to take advantage of this offer and still get your bonus points.

From today (March 13th) until April 28th 2017 you will get a free LEGO City Police Car (30352) with any LEGO City purchase.

Free LEGO City Police Car

The double VIP Point offer ends March 16th.

It’s a little disappointing this bonus is only with City purchases, but it’s a pretty cute little Police car.

Here are the terms for the bonus set: LEGO® City Police Car (30352) offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com and telephone orders from 13th March 2017 until 28th April 2017, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be in LEGO City merchandise only. One LEGO City Police Car (30352) per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift.

Thanks to Ricky for letting me know about this new promotion

LEGO Announces 2016 Financial Results

LEGO Annual Report 2016

The LEGO Group last night held a press conference to announce their 2016 financial results and spoiler alert – they made a lot of money.

The two key takeaways are revenue and net profit – both of which increased. Revenue for the full year increased by 6.0 percent in DKK to DKK 37.9 billion compared with DKK 35.8 billion for 2015. Net profit for the full year was DKK 9.4 billion compared with DKK 9.2 billion in 2015. That profit equates to nearly 1.8 billion Australian dollars.

Statements from the new CEO revealed that sales in the US were flat despite a significant increase in marketing spend in the second half of the year. It will be interesting to see if the US continues to underperform in the future and the impact that an import tax from the Mexican factory may have (if it happens).

The LEGO Group’s profit increased even with a continued focus on global growth. DKK 2.9 billion was invested in property and building production capacity, including a new factory in China, and a net additional 1,760 people joined the organisation.

The revenue for 2016 was helped by a great lineup of products with 335 new products introduced. Revenue growth was driven by strong performance from core themes including City, Ninjago, Friends, Technic and Creator.

The report also reveals that LEGO employs an incredible 16,836 employees. This is an average figure for 2016 that factors in staff turnover and temporary positions. According to the full report employee expenses actually outweighed the cost of raw materials and consumables used.

As a LEGO fan it is a good thing that the company is doing so well as it means there is plenty of money to invest in new and innovative products.

For those of you that love reading financial statements you can view a copy of the annual report here.

Via https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2017/march/annual-results-2016/

Celebrate Easter With #LEGOEaster

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The best thing about becoming an RLFM site is that I get to find out about all sorts of great things for you – the members of the Bricking Around community. This campaign from LEGO is one of those opportunities.

In an effort to spread a little Easter spirit and LEGO love the team responsible for global campaigns are looking for people to participate in this years #LEGOEaster campaign by sharing your amazing pictures online using the #LEGOEaster hashtag.

What’s in it for you? Once you have taken your #LEGOEaster picture and spread it around on social media you can upload it to a special Flickr group. That Flickr upload counts as your entry in an exclusive lucky draw. LEGO will pick 10 raffle winners, each getting a goodie bag with LEGO related Easter awesomeness and a medium sized LEGO set on top.

If you are one of the lucky winners I will need to verify that you are a Bricking Around “member”. The best way to do that is comment with a link to your Flickr photo, or like the Bricking Around page on Facebook.

Here’s more of a breakdown of what to do…

  1. Take a LEGO Easter related photo.
  2. Share it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #LEGOEaster
  3. Upload your photo to the special Flickr group and put your name, Bricking Around and #LEGOEaster in the comments e.g. Michael, Bricking Around #LEGOEaster

You can view the Flickr group here.

This isn’t a building competition – the winner will be randomly selected from the Flickr group. As long as your picture relates to LEGO and Easter you are in with a chance.

I’ve included the information as provided by LEGO below.

Target Slashes Prices Of Their Large Exclusives

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Unfortunately it seems Target have put these prices back up. – Michael, 17/03/2017

I have had a few people email about this offer and I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you all.

Target have reduced the prices on three of their large exclusive sets; 75098 Assault on Hoth, 75095 TIE Fighter and 76052 Classic TV Series Batcave. The new lower prices are below.

Exclusives like this aren’t always discounted so these prices are tempting. The only catch is that these are likely to be clearance prices which means stock is limited. At the time of writing only the Batcave is available from Target online.

Update: Jason in the comments below has let me know that the Batcave is currently listed on the Target eBay store. That means with the C10AU code you can get a Classic TV Series Batcave for just $269.10. You can view the product page here

Good luck to everybody out looking for these sets in-store. It might be worth calling your local store before heading in.

 
Set #
Set Name
Theme
Price
Full RRP
Full RRP Discount
Discount %
75098Assault on HothStar Wars$299.00$399.99$100.9925%
76052Batman Classic TV Series - BatcaveDC Comics Super Heroes$299.00$399.99$100.9925%
75095TIE FighterStar Wars$199.00$299.99$100.9934%

Thanks to blockstoabrickfight, Anthony and Brett for telling me about this.