2017 Advent Calendars – Day 9 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Yesterday was pretty good, in terms of the builds that we got. Let’s see what today has for us.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 8 – City, Friends & Star Wars

It’s Friday, so hopefully we get some awesome builds to celebrate the end of the week.

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On Sale: 20% Off At Big W

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As we slowly run out of weekends before Christmas the retailers are scrambling to get your last minute purchases to go their way. If you needed more proof of this Big W have today launched a 20% off sale on LEGO.

The sale kicked off today (December 8th) and runs until December 13th.

You can view their online LEGO range here, or I suggest heading in store. There is no special voucher needed or anything.

Extra 5% off at the Big W eBay Store

If you are happy to shop at the Big W eBay store then you may be interested to know that you can get an extra 5% off their range. Just enter the code P5OZZIE at checkout. There is a $30 minimum spend on that code though.

View their eBay range here.

Thanks to Lisa and Trevor for telling me about this earlier today.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 7 – City, Friends & Star Wars

I can’t believe it’s already day 7. This month is going way too quickly. Yesterday was mixed, with two great builds and one lame one. Hopefully today will be three winners.

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On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us

Toys R Us sent out an email earlier tonight to their subscribers with news of a new pre-Christmas offer. Using the provided voucher you can get 20% off any full priced item.

The offer starts tonight online (use the code SANTA at checkout) or tomorrow (December 8th) in-store. If you are shopping in-store you will need the barcode below. Click on the image below for a larger version.

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This offer runs until Sunday December 10th.

Toys R Us also have a catalogue out with some sets on sale, which means you won’t be able to get the 20% off those items. The catalogue runs until December 24th 2017. You can view a copy of it here or see the list of sets below.

LEGO Friends Team Addresses The 2018 Friends Redesigns

When the first images of the 2018 Friends sets started appearing online I noticed that Olivia looked odd. I sent off a message to LEGO to find out what was going on and they got back to me tonight. You can read their full statement in full at the end of the article.

Essentially the visual changes to the characters are actually only one part of the change. Heartlake City will be undergoing changes as well. The town will become more realistic, with different districts and other citizens.

With regards to the five main characters the LEGO Friends team assures us that they will each still have the same personalities and interests as before. Their design changes are just to diversify their appearance.

What are those design changes? Here is a rundown, starting with the most different…

Olivia

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The most obvious difference is that new Olivia has a darker skin tone and now wears glasses. Her hair style is also slightly different, with a braid in the front.

Emma

2018 Friends Redesign Emma
Emma’s eye colour changes from a deep green to brown in the redesign. It could just be me but it seems that they have also changed the eye shape slightly.

Andrea

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New Andrea also gets an eye colour change from green to brown. The lip colour has been darkened too. The new hair style is longer and looser than current version.

Mia

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While Emma and Andrea switch from green to brown eyes, Mia’s eyes go the other way changing from brown to green. Her lips also have been changed to a more subtle tone.

Stephanie

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Stephanie seems unchanged.

What do you think of the changes?

You can read the LEGO Friends team’s statement below.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 6 – City, Friends & Star Wars

I had quite a busy day today (not just playing with LEGO AR Studio) so I’m only just getting a chance to post today’s builds now.

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LEGO Launches New Augmented Reality App

Earlier today I watched an animated Lloyd fly a LEGO dragon around my workplace, shooting fireballs at the printer. This is the kind of fun you can have with the new LEGO AR Studio app, now available in the iOS app store.

The LEGO AR Studio uses your phone’s camera and sensors to place 3D LEGO sets in the real world. It’s kind of like Pokemon Go, but instead of Pokemon it features a selection of LEGO sets.

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The initial selection of sets is fairly limited, but there are still some fun options. The current range includes LEGO City Police Station 60047, LEGO City Train Set 60052, LEGO City Fire Station 60110, LEGO Ninjago The Green NRG Dragon 70593, LEGO Ninjago Movie – Cole’s Mech 70632 and LEGO Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty 70618.

I had the Destiny’s Bounty sailing around the floor, complete with water effect.

The app is easy to use – it’s designed for younger LEGO fans after all. Upon opening you select a flat surface as your play area. It can be a little tricky to get the app to find the surface you want to use. Once the surface is mapped you can then start adding sets to the area. The sets feature various animated or interactive elements (such as making the dragon breathe fire).

The 3D models are very accurate to the sets and you can get up really close by moving your phone closer to where the set was placed.

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For an extra level of playability the models also feature hidden Golden Bricks. There are 12 to collect currently. Also present in the app are buttons to capture photos and videos of your action.

The app is available on the following iOS 11 devices: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and later, iPad (2017), iPad Pro (1st Generation and later). Unfortunately being an AR app not every device can run it.

Via https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2017/december/lego-ar-studio/

LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 Minifigures Unveiled

The LEGO Facebook page has overnight shared pictures the second series of The LEGO Batman Movie minifigures.

It’s an interesting lineup of minifigures – there are only two new Batman variants, some villains and a few less known members of the Justice League. As expected there are lots of humorous little details, such as Zod holding a newspaper with the headline “Kneel Before Zod in polls”

Click through the gallery to see the full lineup.

Are any of these must haves to you? These minifigures will be out in January.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 5 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Today may be all about the slightly underwhelming launch of Amazon but the inevitable approach of Christmas is not slowing down. It’s already day 5!

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