On Sale: 10% Off At eBay

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The second half of January has been pretty slow with sales but it looks like it’s ending with the return of a regular – 10% off at eBay.

If you spend over $150 and enter the code PIXIES you’ll get 10%. It looks like they’ve dramatically slashed the maximum discount down to $50 for this one and you can only use the code once.

This is one of those offers where eBay will end it when they feel like it, so get in quick.

Unfortunately Target are excluded again.

View the eBay Australia LEGO portal here.

Happy 50th Birthday Duplo

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Today marks the 50th birthday of Duplo. These big blocks don’t get a lot of coverage here on Bricking Around, but for so many kids they are their first introduction to the world of LEGO.

The team from LEGO sent through a huge treasure trove of images, videos and infographics to celebrate this special occasion and I’ve included a bunch of that below. But firstly I want to talk about what Duplo means to me personally.

I have a young son and being the massive LEGO fan that I am I have slowly been introducing him to Duplo. The Duplo Steam Train was probably one of my favourite sets from last year because it offered something that no other set did – it made my son happy. Seeing his eyes light up when the train first went around that track was one of those awesome dad moments.

I actually spent my day off yesterday playing with that set as well as a whole bunch of other bits and pieces. We had Spider-Man driving the train, while the carriage was full of bricks and the roof was covered in a mix of people and animals. Where else but Duplo can you have Hulk, a little girl, two cats and a dog all going on a train ride together.

Here’s the only MOC I have built this year – I call it “House”. It’s where Spider-Man lives when he’s not driving his train (sorry for the low quality photo. I didn’t realise at the time that I’d be using it in a post).

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To me, that build and those moments playing trains with my son speak more about the value of Duplo than anything else. Duplo is a toy that brings creative play to a younger group of kids. It’s genuinely awesome.

Before we get into the stuff that LEGO sent through, I’d love to hear your Duplo experiences.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

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The latest Big W catalogue is out and it features a small selection of introductory offers on 2019 sets. Don’t get too excited though as the range is very limited and the prices are nothing that will blow your mind.

On offer is mainly the new City range with a few Star Wars sets on the side.

You can check out the catalogue for yourself here, or see the full list below.

The sale runs from today (January 24th) until February 6th.

Review: The LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure Series

The LEGO Movie was a cornucopia of crazy characters and the sequel looks just as weird and wonderful. To help make more of those background characters available LEGO are releasing a new series of 20 minifigures from the film.

In this review I’ll be looking at each minifigure, providing a feel guide and also looking at the box distribution. If there’s something in that list that particularly interests you feel free to jump to that.

General Information

Normally a box of minifigures will contain 60 individual packets. With 20 in this series people were hopeful that meant each box would contain 3 full sets of minifigures, and I’m super pleased to be able to confirm that is the case. That’s right this series doesn’t have any stupid chase figures that there’s only one of per box.

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Something else to note with this series is that the packets are slightly different than you are probably used to. These packets are larger and slightly thinner than the previous series. If you purchased any of the Unikitty blind bags than you’ll know what these are like. You’ll also find that quite a few of the minifigures come with an additional bag inside the outer bag. I’m not sure why some have this and others don’t. Luckily I didn’t find that the inclusion of an inner bag affected the ability to feel the contents at all.

The flyer that comes inside the packet is also taped for most of these minifigures. It’s another odd change that I can’t really think of why they’d bother.

My earlier Facebook post about these minifigures contains some more general information.

This series is officially released February 1st, so should be in-store early February.

The Minifigures

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It seems that Emmet is handling the apocalypse better than most of the other characters. This version features a headphone and hair piece, coffee cup and printed phone (playing an Everything is Awesome remix). Emmet has dual face prints but both are pretty cheerful. I like the eyes closed grin.

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LEGO Reveals 70839 The Rexcelsior! At London Toy Fair

The London Toy Fair has just kicked off and while it’s probably too early to be getting news of 2HY 2019 sets, LEGO has used the event to reveal a previously unknown LEGO Movie 2 set – 70839 The Rexcelsior!

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Despite the inclusion of two minifigures, the set is actually meant to be microscale. It includes 5 micro builds: Emmet’s house, a forklift, 2 interaptors and a dropship. You also get Emmet and Rex microfigures and 5 micro raptor figures (3 metallic, 2 dark blue).

The ship takes the shape of a giant fist, and according the box you can hold it and shoot the rapid-fire, 6-missile spring-loaded shooter.

I really like the colour scheme of the Rex related vehicles and I like the over the top design of this. No Australian pricing or release information yet but as soon as I know more I’ll let you all know.

Check out some additional images and the official press release below.

This Song From The LEGO Movie 2 May Just Get Stuck In Your Head

Warner Bros have revealed a new track from The LEGO Movie 2 – the sequel’s answer to Everything is Awesome.

The track is called “Catchy Song” and as you might expect – it’s pretty catchy.

While I don’t think this track is as good as Everything is Awesome, it did actually get stuck in my head at 11:30 last night while I was trying to get to sleep. You’ve been warned.

They have also released a little featurette on the song including some behind the scenes footage.

Ballina Brick Event This Weekend

Brick Events Pty Ltd are heading to Ballina! This must see family event will showcase amazing creations from the local fan community, featuring amazingly detailed dioramas, custom LEGO creations and much, much more.

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The show will take place at the Ballina RSL Riverside Function Centre (1 Grant Street, Ballina NSW 2478) on Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th. Sessions run from 9am to 4pm.

Once you’ve seen all the displays you can head to the build tables, build wall or even make your own train in the play area.

LEGO merchandise will be available to buy from specialist retailers at special show prices.

Tickets are available at the door or online. Adult tickets are $12.50 while children 3-15 are $7.50. You can get a family pass (2 adults, 3 children) for $45. Children under 3 are free.

Benny’s Space Squad – An Update Update UPDATE!

Benny’s Space Squad is probably the most highly anticipated set of 2019. It’s $16 and contains 4 classic space minifigures and a whole heap of nostalgia.

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It was a bit of a surprise then that this set wasn’t featured in the 1HY 2019 catalogue. A set missing from the catalogue usually means only one thing – retailer exclusive.

With the set still being sold out online I wanted to get an idea of where you’d be able to get this when it’s released in March. Well LEGO got back to me and was able to confirm exactly who is getting the exclusive on this set. And the answer is – nobody.

At the time of the catalogue being produced LEGO Australia was still deciding the fate of this set, so it wasn’t included, but since then they have decided that this set would be general release. That means that it should be coming to all your favourite retailers in March. Hopefully it won’t be as delayed as the January releases.

This is great news and I can’t wait to grab one of these sets myself.

Your Local Cinema May Be Doing Early Screenings of The LEGO Movie 2

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Earlier this week I discovered that my local cinema has a special preview screening of The LEGO Movie 2 scheduled for February 10th. A date that is much better than the official Australian release date of March 21st.

I’ve had a look around at it seems that there are lots of places that are doing screening around the 9th and 10th of February. Roadshow have confirmed that there should be plenty of screenings around the country.

I’m not able to check with every cinema in the country but I strongly suggest looking on the website of your local cinema or giving them a call. My local is an Event Cinemas but I have also heard from Cineplex (in Brisbane) that they will be doing preview screenings. IMAX in Melbourne are also advertising screenings for that weekend.

We’ve all been angry about the delay here in Australia but I think allowing these preview screenings is a great compromise. It keeps the official release for the school holidays but allows die-hard fans a chance to see the film around the same time as the US.

If you find a screening near you feel free to share for people who may live in the same area as you.

70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! Now Available For VIPs

Have you been looking to add some post-apocalyptic style to your LEGO collection? Now is your chance with the official VIP release of 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

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You can grab your set now from the Australian online store, but you’ll need to be logged in to your VIP account to do so.

Non-VIPs will unfortunately have to wait until February 1st.

Do you plan on getting this one? I’m still on the fence.