Canberra Brick Expo Kicks Off Tomorrow

Canberra may be known as the home of Australian politics, but it’s also home to some amazing LEGO builders. Builders who will be putting their skills on display from tomorrow (August 11th) at this year’s Canberra Brick Expo.

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Brick Expo returns once again to  The Hellenic Club of Canberra in Woden.

After a successful schedule change last year, this year’s show will also run over three days: Fri 11th August 2017, 1:30pm to 6:00pm; Sat 12th August 2017, 9:00am to 6:00pm; and Sun 13th August 2017, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

There is also an adults only cocktail party on Saturday night.

Tickets are $6 for children and concession card holders, and $12 for adults. There are two different family ticket options available – Family A (1 Adult + 3 Children) for $24.00 and Family B (2 Adults + 2 Children) for $30.00.

Tickets must be pre-purchased online from Trybooking.

Brick Expo is a not-for-profit event – all proceeds will assist the show’s major charity partner PaTCH to purchase much needed medical equipment for Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital.

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or the Brick Expo website. I’ve also included the ad for the show below too.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer When You Buy Two or More

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Myer are back with another of their now fairly regular “20% off when you buy two or more” sales.

The latest offer kicks off today (August 9th) and runs until August 13th. I have heard from a few people that this offer is running in-store as well as online.

Unfortunately LEGO Minifigures are excluded.

You should still be able to add the Myer anniversary codes for a further discount. The codes are ANNIVERSARY10 for $10 off when you spend $60 or more, ANNIVERSARY15 for $15 off when you spend $80 or more and ANNIVERSARY20 for $20 off when you spend $100 or more.

You can view their full LEGO range here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer’s eBay Store When You Click & Collect

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A new Myer eBay offer has just gone out but there are some conditions with this one that might make it a bit tough to take advantage of.

The offer is 20% off and the condition is that it is only for Click & Collect orders.

To take advantage of the discount you are going to need to find the item in-stock at a location suitable for pickup. It’s a bit of extra work but it may still be worth trying.

The code is PICKUP and it will only work if you specify a pick-up location for your purchase.

This offer is valid until August 14th 2017.

View the Myer eBay range here.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Toys R Us

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The latest Toys R Us catalogue is out and it happens to feature a fairly small selection of sets on sale.

Most of the sets featured are smaller ones, but there are a few themes on offer.

This Toys R Us catalogue kicks off tomorrow (August 9th) and runs until August 22nd. Toys R Us do often start their sales online on the Tuesday night so prices may be active later tonight.

I would suggest checking out the prices at Big W first, as their 20% off sale might yield a better overall discount.

You can see the full list of sets on sale below or view the catalogue for yourself here.

Review: 21309 LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V

On July 21st 1969 millions of people watched Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind, but you may not know that Australians saw it before the rest of the world.

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The combination of a decision by Neil Armstrong and the time it took to put on the spacesuits meant that two Australian locations were in the perfect position to receive the signal from the moon – The Parkes Radio Telescope and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station outside Canberra. As Neil took the first steps the signal was received by Honeysuckle Creek, sent to Sydney and split – one feed going to the ABC and the other to Houston. The international transmission introduced a 3 millisecond delay to the broadcast, which means that Australian audiences saw man walk on the moon before anybody else on Earth. After switching to the Parkes feed NASA felt it was so good that they stayed with that for the remainder of the 2.5 hour broadcast.

The Apollo program is one of the most fascinating achievements of the human race, and that crazy dream of going to the moon has now been immortalised in one of the most impressive LEGO sets I have built in a long time.

This is my review of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

Be sure to read on for my exclusive photos of 21309 at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and a huge gallery of photos at the end of the article.

Construction

The box for the Saturn V is huge, at least on par with a modular for size. This is a standard box rather than the thicker cardboard used for other ideas sets. For the part count it’s not a surprise that they went with a standard box.

As we’ve all come to expect from Ideas sets the instructions include a heap of additional information. There is a great blurb about the Apollo program with some fantastic black and white photos; information about the Saturn V itself including a breakdown of the various stages and again some real-world photos; a timeline of the journey to the moon, and interviews with the fan designers and LEGO designers. Even if you never get the set I suggest downloading a PDF copy of the instructions and having a read.

The set features 1969 pieces (a deliberate reference to the year Apollo 11 launched) across twelve numbered bags. The build follows the bags sequentially so you don’t need to sort out all of the pieces at once.

From pictures the set may look like a boring build, with it’s essentially monochromatic colour scheme, but it is actually satisfying and complex. By step 3 of the build you are already using brackets and SNOT techniques. The inner build is also surprisingly colourful.

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The early build features curved panels and I naively assumed that they were going to set the scale – only to discover that they simply form an inner core. The set itself is, for lack of a better word, thicker than I thought it would be.

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – Two New Sets!

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in, and there is one successful set from the review and an older project that is finally becoming a reality. For anybody that likes to watch the announcements first, here is the video…

Firstly the set that passed in this review…

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan

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This project is the sort of thing I love to see from LEGO Ideas – an innovative idea that is something you may not expect as a retail LEGO set. It will be fascinating to see how the LEGO designers refine the bottle part of the build.

Next is a project from the previous review that is finally getting the go-ahead…

Voltron – Defender of the Universe

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There were a lot of people frustrated when this set was left with a question mark, but now it is finally coming. This looks like it will be another high part count set.

Both of these projects are still in the LEGO design phase and won’t become official products until 2018. You can see the full lineup of projects that didn’t make the cut below.

On Sale: 10% Off At eBay Until Midnight

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Unfortunately I was busy eating dinner and washing dishes when this offer went out so you’ve missed a few hours.

Until midnight tonight (August 3rd) you can get 10% off everything at eBay. Just use code PJNIGHT at checkout.

Minimum spend is $75, and max discount is $300.

Head over to eBay before time runs out.

It looks like Big W’s eBay range has been reduced in price to match the current 20% off sale, which should stack with this code. That’s 28% off Big W prices, which are generally already below RRP.

View the Big W eBay range here.

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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It’s been a little while since we have had a general 20% off sale at Big W, but it’s becoming a bit of an August tradition.

From tomorrow (August 3rd) Big W are offering 20% off all toys including LEGO. With their regular prices already lower than RRP the actual discount can work out to almost 30% off.

The sale runs until August 16th so you have plenty of time to get the stuff you are after.

If you are looking to grab some Ninjago Movie sets it’s certainly worth waiting until tomorrow. The fantastic looking 70618 Destiny’s Bounty set comes down to just $180, or 31% off RRP. For a new release set that’s a great price.

Canberra Brick Expo – August 11-13th

Canberra may be known as the home of Australian politics, but it’s also home to some amazing LEGO builders. Builders who will be putting their skills on display at this year’s Canberra Brick Expo.

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Brick Expo returns once again to  The Hellenic Club of Canberra in Woden.

After a successful schedule change last year, this year’s show will also run over three days: Fri 11th August 2017, 1:30pm to 6:00pm; Sat 12th August 2017, 9:00am to 6:00pm; and Sun 13th August 2017, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

There is also an adults only cocktail party on Saturday night.

Tickets are $6 for children and concession card holders and $12 for adults. There are two different family ticket options available – Family A (1 Adult + 3 Children) for $24.00 and Family B (2 Adults + 2 Children) for $30.00.

Tickets must be pre-purchased online from Trybooking.

Brick Expo is a not-for-profit event – all proceeds will assist the show’s major charity partner PaTCH to purchase much needed medical equipment for Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital.

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or the Brick Expo website. I’ve also included the ad for the show below too.

Christmas In July – Free LEGO Snowglobe

Yes, I know it’s the end of July but LEGO have just gone live with their Christmas in July promotion.

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Spend $120 or more on LEGO between July 28th to 31st 2017 and this cute Christmas set will be added to your order.

Here are the terms for this offer: LEGO® Snowglobe (40223) is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com from 28th July 2017 until 31st July 2017, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $120 in LEGO merchandise only. One LEGO Snowglobe (40223) per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. It cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. It is not available for purchase. Offer is not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without prior notice.

This promotion will also not be available at the Dreamworld store.

Thanks to Richie for the heads up.