10253 Big Ben Now Available For VIPs

Have you been hanging out for the release of the 10253 Big Ben set? If you are a LEGO VIP then you are in luck, as the set has just been made available.

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You will need to be logged in to your VIP account to add this set to your cart. You should also receive the free Creator Fountain set.

Via http://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Big-Ben-10253

Official Details of 10252 Volkswagen Beetle

After leaked pictures surfaced online earlier today LEGO have pulled the trigger and released official details of 10252 Volkswagen Beetle

10252 Volkswagen Beetle

This latest Creator Expert set captures another classic motoring icon in a set that will look right at home with your Mini or VW Camper Van.

Featuring 1,167 pieces this set should be a great build when it is released for VIPs on July 14th. Non-VIP customers will have to wait until August 1st to pick this up.

No Australian pricing at this stage.

If you look closely at the pictures in the gallery below you’ll notice a special Australian connection – a set of Queensland licence plate stickers are included. The Queensland plates feature CAD – 156, which seems to be a nod to LEGO designer Melody Caddick who is originally from Queensland.

You can check out the gallery and press release below.

On Sale: 20% Off At Toys R Us With Friends & Family Voucher

The Toys R Us 2016 Toy Sale doesn’t kick off until next week from what I’ve heard. That doesn’t mean they are going to let Myer get all of the LEGO bargain hunter cash.

If you subscribe to emails from Toys R Us then chances are you just received a 20% Off voucher. If you didn’t then don’t worry a copy can be found below.

The 20% off starts online tomorrow at 6pm (June 15) or in store Thursday (June 16th) only. Online buyers will need to use the code FAMILY at checkout.

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2016 Toy Sales – All The Deals From Myer

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Period: June 15 – July 17 2016

Big Ticket Items: Range of large exclusive sets

Christmas Lay-by: Yes

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Myer are sneaking in just ahead of Big W. Their toy sale officially kicks off in-store tomorrow, but they’ve made the offers available online today (June 14th). You can check out the full online LEGO range here.

On offer is 20% off all LEGO, excluding Myer exclusive items.

Unfortunately all of the best items seem to be Myer exclusive and therefore less than 20% off.

There catalogue features details of those exclusives as well as some other sets. You can see the listing below.

2016 Toy Sales – All The Deals From Big W

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Period: June 16 – July 6 2016

Big Ticket Items: 76042 SHIELD Helicarrier for $475. 75827 Ghostbusters HQ for $475

Christmas Lay-by: Yes

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Big W’s Toy sale is always the first to launch and with some great offers this could be hard to beat for the other retailers.

The full list of sets included in the sale can be found below.

This year Big W are also offering a 10% price beat offer. Once some more sale details from other retailers are released be assured that you’ll have all the information to take advantage of that.

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Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – Two Sets Pass Review

The LEGO Ideas team have just shared the results of the third 2015 project review, and this time there are two models that will be hitting shelves as an actual LEGO set…

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

it was hard to see how the licensing for this one was going to work out, and it passing review is a bit of a surprise.

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Yellow Submarine is a classic part of Beatles history and project creator Kevin Szeto has done a great job of rendering it with bricks. The final set should also included the band as LEGO Minifigures.

Apollo 11 Saturn V

LEGO and NASA have worked together in the past, so this set passing review isn’t a huge surprise. The only thing going against it was size – the model is around one meter tall. This could be one of the largest Ideas sets to date when it’s released.

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Check out the announcement video and full result below

Official LEGO Dimensions Expansion Details

Details of the first wave of the expansion may have leaked a little early but Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment have just released a full press release and trailer. There is a lot to get excited about with this release. The packs that we saw earlier today were just Wave 1 of this expansion. Other properties making their way to the world of Dimensions include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find The, The LEGO® Batman Movie, The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

It’s a pretty impressive mix of nostalgia and stuff for younger fans.

There are no details of the packs beyond Wave 1, but the new trailer does include glimpses of most of the new characters. I’ve taken some screenshots and included them below, or you can watch the trailer for yourself.

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Additional screenshots, trailer and press release below.

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Trailer

Press Release

Even More Blockbuster Franchises, All-New Battle Arenas, Bigger Adventure Worlds and the Introduction of Story Packs Offer Gamers New Ways to Play in 2016 and Beyond.

Expansion Pack Assortment Will Add 16 Fan-Favourite Universes for More Mind-Blowing Mash-ups!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group today announced the expansion of LEGO® DIMENSIONS™, the LEGO® toy and videogame hybrid, with more blockbuster franchises and even bigger gameplay possibilities. New expansion packs broaden the complete selection to 30 of the world’s most popular entertainment brands allowing players to customise their experience by mixing and matching favourite characters and universes with full compatibility. Game features adding to the fun are all-new, four-player competitive Battle Arenas, a first for LEGO® videogames, as well as Story Packs, which provide deep, story-driven gameplay around the biggest theatrical releases and include a fresh LEGO® brick building experience.

LEGO® Dimensions™ packs based on 16 new entertainment properties will begin launching on September 30, 2016 with the Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs, and The A-Team Fun Pack. Additional expansion packs based on other highly anticipated films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The LEGO® Batman Movie and wildly popular properties The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO® City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be released in product waves stretching into summer of next year. All expansion packs provide players with continued compatibility to use everything from waves 1-9 interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game. And no new starter pack is required, as all new packs will simply enhance the LEGO® Dimensions™ Starter Pack game and work with the existing LEGO® Toy Pad.

“We’ve built upon the existing LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ Starter Pack to expand the gameplay possibilities with entirely new LEGO® experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We can now provide players with even more customization and mash-up opportunities, and all are compatible with the existing game and packs. Battle Arenas also introduce a fun new way for friends and family to join the action together and battle as favorite characters, which is an exciting innovation for LEGO® videogames.”

“LEGO® DIMENSION™S is a significant part of our LEGO® videogames portfolio, and we are excited to offer fans many more iconic entertainment franchises combined with new, enhanced ways to play,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “TT Games continues to innovate and expand the game experience, which gives players breakthrough digital and physical gameplay with an amazing amount of world-class entertainment properties connected together.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with TT Games and WBIE and bring even more characters to life through LEGO® DIMENSIONS™,” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO® Group. “The videogame has allowed our fans to extend their LEGO® play experience in a whole new way and the new expansion packs will create even more play possibilities through exciting properties.”

All-new Battle Arenas will offer first-to-LEGO® videogames competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO® minifigures included in the wave 6 through 9 expansion packs will come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the Free Play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand. Each Battle Arena has four different gameplay modes and comes with its own traps, special powers and interactive environments that make every battle arena unique.

The Ghostbusters Story Pack, based on the upcoming film, will provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with six puzzle-packed levels and new LEGO® Gateway bricks that allow players to build Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant atop the LEGO® Toy Pad. It will also come with a buildable Abby Yates LEGO® minifigure with Proton Blaster and 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto. The pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. And like all gold-tag minifigures purchased, Abby Yates provides access to a new themed Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena. The Ghostbusters Story Pack is just the first of this new exciting pack type, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the highly anticipated theatrical release, still to come later this year. The LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ packs will be the exclusive construction toy offering this holiday for the exciting expansion of J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Story Packs also expand the Starter Pack story with deeper gameplay. In the game’s storyline, the evil Lord Vortech has hidden portions of his powers around the LEGO® Multiverse. As players progress through Story Pack levels, they can unearth and tap into Keystone Runes to use Lord Vortech’s powers against him through all-new Toy Pad modes.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ is now available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U™ system.

LEGO Dimensions Series 2 Details

The official details are still a few hours away, but images of at least some of the next series of LEGO Dimensions sets have surfaced online.

The lineup includes an interesting mix of characters, from Adventure Time to The A-Team. Here are the details of what has been discovered. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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A new feature of Dimensions Series 2 seems to be at least one “Story Pack”. Based on the wording of the box, a Story Pack contains an entire story – in this case the new Ghostbusters film. This seems more substantial than a Level Pack, so expect it to cost more too. Includes Abby Yates, the new Ecto-1 and the Chinese Restaurant setting from the film.

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Plenty more below.

Inner West Brick Fair – June 26th – Win 1 of 2 Family Passes

Inner West Brick Fair 2016

Here is some news for Bricking Around readers in Western Sydney… The first Inner West Brick Fair will be taking place at Croydon Public School on June 26th. Even better news – the organisers have provided two family passes to give away.

The show will feature dozens of unique creations from over 20 Master Builders from SYDLUG (Sydney Lego Users Group). You’ll be able to ask the builders questions about their hobby, their collections and the building techniques they use.

Younger fans will love the chance to get creative in the LEGO free build brick pit. Those looking to take some LEGO home will be able to purchase new and old LEGO including current and newly-released sets, collectibles, engraved bricks and vintage sets.

There will also be jumping castles, face painting, guessing competitions, food and refreshments and much more!

Tickets are just $5 per person or $15 for a family ticket. Family tickets can only be purchased online via Flexischools. Single tickets purchased online will get priority entrance, or you can get a single ticket at the door.

To get your online ticket go to Flexischools.com.au and enter “Croydon Public School” in the search box. From there you should be able to see the event.

Bricking Around also has two family tickets to give away. Enter via the form below.

You can learn more about the event via Facebook or the event page below.

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William Carey Southwest Brickfest This Saturday

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Rainbow Bricks LUG are on a bit of a roll with some fantastic events being put on across New South Wales. Their latest event is the William Carey Southwest Brickfest, taking place this Saturday (June 4th) at the William Carey Christian School in Prestons NSW.

LEGO builders from across NSW come together to show off their amazing LEGO creations. Displays include a 1.5m tall Avengers Tower and a LEGO city with a working rail and tram system.

There will be something for everyone, young and old including a build area for the kids, LEGO for sale and a robotics display. There will also be food stalls and outdoor entertainment on the day.

All the door taking will be donated to the William Carey Christian School.

Tickets are just $4 per person or $10 for a family (2 Adults, 2 Children). Grab your tickets from trybooking.com

You can get more information about the event via the event page below or via Facebook.