Your Exclusivity Guide For 1HY 2018

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Every year there are certain sets that are exclusive to certain retailers. Usually tracking down who is stocking what is a bit of a pain but with help from LEGO I have been able to get all of that information and collated it into an easy to read table that you’ll find at the end of the article. Here is a bit of an overview first….

The list consists of some new 2018 sets as well as sets launched previously that either have new or continued exclusivity. However note that this list doesn’t cover LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne or Dreamworld as those stores have access to the full product range.

The Architecture sets will be exclusive to Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores for at least the first half of 2018. This includes the new Shanghai set.

The LEGO Batman Movie set The Bat-Dune Buggy is not listed as specific to a particular retailer but is listed as being exclusive to the first half of the year, which seems to indicate that it won’t be available in the second half of the year.

Disney Castle continues to be exclusive to LEGO Brand retail (Dreamworld and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre).

The new 2018 City set Mountain River Heist is a Toys R Us Exclusive.

Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores will be stocking the Taj Mahal set in the first half of 2018 but there is no set date specified.

Moana’s Ocean Voyage becomes a Kmart exclusive.

One of the biggest surprises to me on the list was two Amazon exclusives – the Ghostbusters HQ will be moving from Big W to Amazon and it will be joined by the Slave 1.

The 2018 Star Wars range features some exclusives too – the buildable Darth Vader and Boba Fett sets are both exclusive to Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores. Mos Eisley Cantina will be a Toys R Us exclusive while the Sandspeeder will only be coming to Toyworld stores.

Ninjago City is listed as a Toys R Us exclusive but no concrete date is given but as this is a 1HY list it hopefully will show up sooner rather than later.

The BrickHeadz, which aren’t in the retail catalogue, were not in the list so exclusivity on those is still unconfirmed.

Update: Just to clarify: This list is not every set that will be coming out in the first half of the year. There are still unannounced sets, sets that were recently announced (e.g. Ship in a Bottle) and sets where exclusivity hasn’t been decided. I will be doing my best to keep on top of this information as it becomes available.

You can see the full list below.

On Sale: Buy One, Get One Half Price At Toys R Us

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With all the excitement yesterday with Millennium Falcons and the Ship in a Bottle set I completely forgot to post about the Toys R Us sale that kicks off today.

Toys R Us are offering buy one get one half price on all LEGO from today (January 11th) until January 30th.

If you buy two identically priced items that works out to 25% off RRP.

These sales always apply the discount to the lowest priced item, so if you are buying multiple sets you may need to split it over multiple transactions to make the most of the offer.

You can find their online LEGO page here or of course head in-store. Stores should hopefully have some of the January sets on shelves now.

Official Details of 21313 Ship In A Bottle

The latest LEGO Ideas product has officially been announced and I suspect that a lot of people are going to want this as a display piece.

Introducing 21313 Ship in a Bottle

21313 Ship in a Bottle

Based on the original idea by JakeSadovich77 the Ship in a Bottle set features a brick built ship named the Leviathan inside a wonderfully designed brick-built bottle. The set also features an impressive display stand.

There are a lot of fantastic details on this set, the cork in the bottle looks great, as does the compass on the display stand. Creating large clear structures is not something that is normally associated with LEGO bricks and I think the final design did an impressive job of creating the bottle. I love the wax seal element on the bottle too.

The ship itself features three sets off sails, all featuring a printed element with a representation of the Leviathan beast.

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To add to the overall aesthetic over 280 translucent-blue 1×1 round plates are included to represent water.

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My only real complaint about the set is that the fan model featured rigging created with string while the final model doesn’t. I think it added to the overall look of the ship and I would have liked to see it incorporated in the final model. It may be a case of it was to difficult to add that in to a retail model.

The set will be released February 1st (no VIP release) with an Australian RRP of $119.99.

You can read the press release and see the full image gallery below.

75192 Millennium Falcon Now Being Stocked At Myer & David Jones

When I posted yesterday that the Millennium Falcon was back in stock on the Australian online store there was a response from a reader named Arthur who said it had been spotted at Myer and David Jones.

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This morning I have called around and can confirm that this massive set is in fact starting to be stocked locally.

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Thanks to a very helpful staff member at the Upper Mt Gravatt store I was told that as of around 12:15 PM AEST Myer had the following stock:

  • Brisbane CBD – 5
  • Melbourne City – 14
  • Southland – 6
  • Doncaster- 7
  • Perth City – 7
  • Sydney City – 21

Obviously this is just what their computer system said at the time. If you are planning to get one I highly recommend calling ahead.

David Jones

Unfortunately the person I spoke to at David Jones was unable to confirm stock because their stock system was down. It is in their system but you will need to try your local store.

Melbourne LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Builds World’s Largest Millennium Falcon

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Master Model Builder Dave got in touch with me yesterday to share details of something awesome that they have done at the centre.

Over the last week (with the help of around 7000 children/families) Dave and his fellow Master Model Builder Lewis have built the World’s Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon.

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This impressive model features 250,000 pieces which is just a few more than the UCS version.

Dave and Lewis started with a 1.25m prototype that took 100 hours to complete. That prototype was then up-scaled using giant bricks built by kids. You can see the prototype version on the right in the image below.

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If you want to check out the model yourself it is on display at the Melbourne LEGOLAND Discovery Centre until the end of February.

75192 Millennium Falcon Available Again

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Prepare your credit card! 75192 Millennium Falcon is currently available to purchase from LEGO Online. Click here to view the product page.

Be warned it will probably sell out really quickly again.

Thanks to Matt for letting me know

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

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While the January stock seems to be a no-show so far, if you are looking for something that is already out you may be interested to know that Myer are having a sale this weekend.

From today (January 5th) until 11:59pm AEDT Sunday January 7th you can get 20% off when you buy two or more toys. Both toys don’t need to be LEGO if there is something else that you are interested in.

To save a little bit extra don’t forget to add the most appropriate ANNIVERSARY code; 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.

The website does not specify that this is online only but I haven’t been in-store to confirm it’s running there too.

You can view Myer’s online range here.

Release Schedule For First Half of 2018

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It’s the new year, which means that I have been constantly checking the LEGO 3D Catalogue app hoping that the new catalogue for the first half of 2018 had been released. Sure enough while checking today I got exactly what I was after.

I have gone through the catalogue and compiled an extensive list of the release schedule for every set featured in the catalogue. You can find that full list at the end of the article. It’s over 130 sets so I have made it sortable and searchable for you. You can search by month, set number or a specific theme.

Hopefully the sets that you are interested in aren’t too far off. Note that these sets are available online from LEGO if you are impatient.

The catalogue also features some additional information about themes that haven’t had their sets announced yet…

LEGO is going all out with the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom sets – there will be Duplo, Juniors and regular sets all released related to the movie all in April.

CATALOGUE 1HY2018 Jurassic World Duplo

CATALOGUE 1HY2018 Jurassic World Juniors

CATALOGUE 1HY2018 Jurassic World Regular

With the Han Solo film out this year the tie-in sets will also be released in April, specifically April 13th. Hopefully we’ll see these before then.

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Speed Champions fans will be pleased to see that there are more sets coming in March.

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March is also the month for Avengers Infinity War sets.

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The catalogue also confirms a new series of Minifigures will be released in April to follow on from the Batman Movie series 2 minifigures.

CATALOGUE 1HY2018 April Minifigure Series

2017 Year In Review

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It’s New Years Eve, which means it’s time to look back on the year that was. Here is my 2017 year in review.

Recognition

The biggest thing to happen to Bricking Around this year was that the site became a Recognised LEGO Fan Media site. This means that I became a LEGO Ambassador and was able to communicate directly with LEGO and gain access to some valuable resources.

One example of what this means is that I now get press releases ahead of time, so that I can get the information to you as soon as possible. Previously I’d have to wait for the information to be available before sharing it.

Becoming a Recognised LEGO Fan Media site has also immediately resulted in a huge amount of support from LEGO directly by making review products available to me. This year LEGO provided several sets for review that lead to (in my opinion) some great content. I reviewed the RC Tracked Racer and had a blast putting it through a series of tests. Due to a shipping mix up I was able to give away one of these sets too.

I was also able to review the hugely popular Saturn V set, even taking it along to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium for some really cool photos.

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There were some fantastic sets released with the LEGO Ninjago Movie and I was able to get the huge Ninjago City from LEGO for review. It was a fairly lengthy build but the end result is simply stunning.

I am really grateful for how much support LEGO has given me in 2017.

Into 2018: LEGO are changing the support offerings slightly and I am still working out exactly what that means for the site. I fully intend to make the most of what is available. Previously the site hasn’t always been a go-to place for reviews but I want that to change in 2018 and beyond.

The Numbers

2017 saw modest growth in both the number of overall views and the number of visitors to the site. Growth is always good and hopefully that can continue into the next year. Hopefully more reviews will help attract some new readers.

There were 371 posts (not including this one) in 2017. Those articles lead to 759 comments. That doesn’t include all of the Facebook comments, tweets or people who just got in touch via email.

The Everything You Need To Know About Dreamworld’s LEGO Store post was the most popular article of 2017.

The outbound click stat is a bit of a surprise – eBay took top spot with Myer coming in second. The Australian LEGO store dropped down to third place.

I Still Call Australia Home

Looking at the visitor stats for 2017 92% off all traffic to the site came from Australia. Shifting the site to have a more international focus and target could potentially result in an increase in readership and support from LEGO but I am proud that this is an Australian focused site and don’t plan to change that.

Thank You

This site would be nothing without the people that read it. Your support over the years has helped the site grow beyond what I ever thought it would be. To all the people that comment, like posts on Facebook, tweet or email me I say thank you. To the people who just pass by I say thanks to you too.

I hope that in 2018 the sense of community around Bricking Around can continue to grow.

Over 150 New Sets Listed On LEGO’s Online Store

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It’s that time of the year when we are inundated with new sets. While it will take a little while for these to show up in stores LEGO has listed them all on their website with most available to purchase right now.

The new lineup looks pretty great with new sets across a variety of themes.

I have included the full list below, which is searchable and sortable for you. Alternatively you can head to this link to view them all for yourself.

What are you excited for in the new year? I will be trying to get hold of some of these sets early 2018 to review. I think the new City mountain police sets look good and I’m interested to check out the new Friends for myself. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to try and get let me know in the comments.