Introducing 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

I know people have been hanging out for this one, and without further ado here it is – this years Winter Village set…

10262 Winter Village Fire Station

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Christmas in Australia is a lot different to what is depicted in the Winter Village series but I always find them absolutely charming. I love this latest addition to the lineup.

The set features 1166 pieces over a series of builds – a frozen fountain, Christmas Tree, Bench with Streetlight, Fire Engine and of course the main Fire Station. There are a total of 6 minifigures plus a baby and dog.

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The set will be available to VIPs on September 13th and everybody else October 1st. The official Australian RRP is $149.99.

You can check out the full image gallery below, as well as the official set description.

On Sale: 25% Off At Myer

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Myer are having another Super Weekend sale, with a much better offer than their last sale.

From today online or tomorrow in-store until Sunday you can get 25% off toys, including most LEGO.

There are still some exclusions that you’ll need to be aware of: Creator Expert , Ideas, UCS Millennium Falcon and Death Star. It looks like a lot of new release sets are also being excluded despite not being mentioned. This would only be an issue with the website, as in-store they should have to follow the official exclusion list.

You can view the Myer online range here.

The discount is also available via the Myer eBay store. View the Myer eBay range here. (eBay links don’t work on mobile if you have the app installed).

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

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A new Big W sale kicks off today and while it’s a fairly short list of sets you may be excited to see that the Harry Potter sets that are excluded at Myer are specifically on sale here.

There are also some discounts on several Star Wars sets including the new X-Wing.

The sale runs from today (September 6th) until September 19th. This is a normal catalogue sale so it will be both online and in-store.

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

 
Set #
Name
Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
75956Quidditch MatchWizarding World$39.00$49.99$10.9922%
75953Hogwarts Whomping WillowWizarding World$79.00$99.99$20.9921%
75954Hogwarts Great HallWizarding World$129.00$169.99$40.9924%
75215Cloud-Rider Swoop BikesStar Wars$39.00$44.99$5.9913%
75214Anakin's Jedi StarfighterStar Wars$39.00$44.99$5.9913%
75216Snoke's Throne RoomStar Wars$79.00$99.99$20.9921%
75218X-Wing StarfighterStar Wars$99.00$139.99$40.9929%

Thanks to everybody who let me know about this sale.

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

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A new Myer sale kicked off yesterday that may be of interest to some people.

Until 11:59 pm AEST Thursday 6 September 2018 you can get 20% off toys (including most LEGO) when you buy two or more items.

Unfortunately there are some exclusions: Harry Potter, Creator Expert, Ideas, UCS Millennium Falcon and Death Star. It also seems that the two new Myer exclusives (Cantina and T-Rex Transport) are also excluded.

This is an online only offer.

You can view the full Myer online range here.

Thanks to Wade for the info.

New Details On 4 Former Toys R Us Exclusives

When Toys R Us closed down the question that I got asked most of all was what is happening with the Toys R Us exclusives. I can assure you that I have been doing my best to keep on top of this including regularly bugging LEGO for information.

Thankfully we now know where four of those former exclusives are going. Here’s the list…

 
Set #
Name
Theme
RRP
Exclusive To
75205Mos Eisley CantinaStar Wars$69.99Myer
75933T-Rex TransportJurassic World$99.99Myer
60196Arctic Supply PlaneCity$99.99Costco, Toyworld
41345Heartlake City Pet CenterFriends$79.99Costco, Toyworld

The two Myer exclusives are currently listed on the website

I can’t find an online listing for the other two exclusives.

What you may need to know is that according to the information provided by LEGO these exclusives are single drop. Once they are gone then you are likely going to have to resort to LEGO online to get them. Obviously plans can change though.

I know that isn’t all of the exclusives that Toys R Us had. I have been told that negotiations are on-going for anything not mentioned above.

See How LEGO Built A Life Size, Working LEGO Chiron

LEGO pulled of the seemingly impossible and made a life size LEGO Chiron entirely out of Technic elements. They then went a step further and actually made it driveable using nothing but Power Functions motors.

Video of the car taking it’s first drive has been everywhere over the weekend but LEGO have also released this look at how the model came to be. It’s a fantastic behind the scenes look at the complexities of making the Chiron.

The video ends with this list of amazing stats.

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Happy Father’s Day

A special Happy Father’s Day to all the LEGO dads out there.

I hope you all got spoilt with some great sets.

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On Sale: 28% Off At Myer’s eBay Store

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The Myer eBay store has finally updated with the 20% off sale prices. It just happens to coincide with a new code that launches today.

Enter the code PHENOM at checkout to get an extra 10% off Myer’s discounted prices, bringing your total discount to 28% off RRP.

The usual exclusions from Myer apply and the eBay code has a $50 minimum spend. The Myer offer ends September 2nd, while the eBay code ends on September 3rd.

View the Myer eBay range here.

The link doesn’t work if you have the eBay app – the app doesn’t allow you to link directly to a search for a specific store.

What’s In A Name? UCS vs MBS

I think it’s fair to say that 75098 Assault on Hoth was not well received by the AFOL community. For many it was a set that did not deserve the Ultimate Collectors Series badge – something that LEGO themselves now seem to be conceding.

When 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City was announced I mistakenly called it “the next UCS” set. It turns out that it’s not. 75222 is actually a Master Builder Series set.

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So what is the actual distinction between an Ultimate Collector Series set and a Master Builder Series set? It’s actually fairly obvious. Here’s the official statement from LEGO…

The Master Builder Series models are large playsets and beside being complex builds they are characterized by having many play features and functions, interior details as well as a range of minifigures. Ultimate Collectors series will remain highly detailed display models providing complex builds with a focus on authenticity and both Ultimate Collectors Series and Master Builder Series will continue as a way to highlight the unique characteristic of each style of model.

This likely means that in the future large LEGO Star Wars releases will fall in to one of two categories – UCS or MBS. As an AFOL I appreciate the UCS sets more than the Master Builder sets but I like that they are offering something for those fans who are more experienced builders but still like to recreate scenes from their favourite films.

What about Assault on Hoth? It’s clearly marked as a UCS set.

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This certainly raises a bit of a dilemma for UCS completionists – The set clearly fits better in the Master Builder Series range, but as the catalyst for that range’s creation it was released before that distinction was made. Do you still consider Assault on Hoth a UCS set?

Your Guide To Getting A Hogwarts Castle In Person Tomorrow

Tomorrow is September 1st, which is the official release date of 71043 Hogwarts Castle. I know it’s been available from LEGO Online for VIPs but tomorrow will see the set released at both the Dreamworld LEGO Store and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne. Here are the details on what each of those stores are doing.

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Dreamworld LEGO Store

The Dreamworld LEGO Store will be opening it’s doors at midnight tonight so you may want to make your way there some time today. I have spoken to the store manager and he advised that there was a good amount of stock available. This isn’t a situation where they only have 5 of the sets or anything like that. I’d still suggest getting there early.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne

While they aren’t doing a midnight launch, LLDC will be opening early tomorrow morning at 8am for fans looking to pick up a set. Again I have been able to confirm that stock levels look good and plenty of people will be able to get their hands on a set. It’s hard to know how popular this will be so I’d still suggest getting their early.

Are you a Queenslander planning a Gold Coast camping trip, or a Melbournian set for an early morning? Let me know what your plans are.