Exclusivity Information For January

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The 2019 sets should start making their way on to store shelves this week but there are a few sets that won’t be available everywhere.

Here’s the list of the exclusives for January and where you can find them.

There’s an interesting new option in this list – Grocery Channels. I am not sure exactly what that means but I assume that it means those sets will be available at Coles and Woolworths, possibly Costco too. This is a bit of a strange change as they aren’t the stores that you normally think of for LEGO. The grocery exclusives all seem to be the smaller end of the scale so this could be what happens to the Benny’s Space Squad set.

This list also includes the retail release of 71043 Hogwarts Castle at Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores. Anybody want to take bets on whether Myer excludes this from their sales or not?

You can find the full list below.

Review & Giveaway: 40341 Xtra Sea Accessories

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A new theme that went a little under the radar last year was Xtra. These small sets included a wide variety of accessories to add to your builds. The theme returns in 2019 with 40341 Sea Accessories a small polybag style set with 24 elements to add to your nautical play.

There isn’t a lot to this set so this is going to be a quick review but be sure to read to the end for details on how to win a copy of this set.

Animals

The set features three different animals. First up is the classic LEGO shark. You can’t have something LEGO themed with water and not have a shark.

Next up is a wonderful two-tone parrot, to add a little pirate style to any minifigure.

The final animal is a small fish.

Water Activities

The set features a few accessories to help your minifigures with their aquatic activities. There is a standard surfboard as well as some flippers – both in lime green.

You also get a spear for spear fishing and a single paddle, I guess to use with the board for stand up paddle boarding.

Treasure Hunting

The set features a great mix of treasures of the deep and the tools to find them. The treasure consists of a chest, three diamonds and a clam with a gold star in it (I’m not sure why either). As for the tools there is a printed treasure map tile and a pair of binoculars

Other

Finally the set also includes an orange brick built buoy and a barrel. The buoy feels a bit like filler but the barrel is useful.

Verdict

This is a fun little bunch of accessories. If you are building a MOC that has anything to do with the sea there should be some useful parts. If you have a younger builder then this pack can add some additional story telling options for their imaginative play.

At just $6.99 this is a great little extra to add to your LEGO Online orders. This set will be available from LEGO Online from January 10th.

This set was provided to me by the LEGO AFOL Engagement team for the purposes of review. Opinions expressed are my own.

Retail Release Schedule For The First Half of 2019

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It’s become somewhat of a New Years tradition that I spend ages hunting down the newest retail catalogue so that I can share with you all of the details on what sets are released when.

Well here it is – the release schedule for the first half of 2019. These are all the sets coming to general retail.

Firstly there are a few observations from the catalogue…

The LEGO Movie 2 sets coming in March

Yes, they are available online now but the retail release is delayed just like the film itself. You won’t be seeing any of the sets in-store until at the very least late February.

No Benny?!

Benny’s Space Squad is probably one of the most highly anticipated sets of 2019, and it’s nowhere to be seen in the catalogue. This means that it’s going to be some sort of retailer exclusive. Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to find out who that set is going to until February.

First look at The LEGO Movie 2 Minifigure series

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This new Minifigure Series looks great and will be available to buy from February. There certainly doesn’t appear to be any sort of chase figure in this series which is great. I love the classic Wizard of Oz characters.

No Overwatch

A few people have been asking about the retail release of the Overwatch sets and they are nowhere to be seen in the catalogue. This may mean they are a retailer exclusive but I haven’t heard anything about that at this stage.

Star Wars 20th Anniversary sets coming soon

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No pictures yet, but a tease for new sets coming in April to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LEGO Star Wars

You’ll find the full release schedule information below.

January Releases And Promotions

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While a heap of new sets were released on Boxing Day, there are over 30 sets that have been made available today including the latest LEGO Modular.

The themes with new sets for 2019 are Overwatch, Creator, Duplo and Speed Champions. The individual Power Functions elements are now available too.

The Chinese New Year sets were meant to be a January 1st release here too but they still haven’t appeared on the website. I’ve reached out to LEGO to find out what is going on with these, but I’m not expecting an immediate response.

You can find a full list of the new release sets at the end of this article but first an interesting new promotion…

Review: 21311 Voltron

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I never saw the original Voltron TV show. It came out before I was born and it’s one of those pop-culture properties that while I was aware of it, I had never experienced it. When this LEGO Ideas Voltron set was announced I was clearly less excited than some hardcore fans. It was clear though that this was a particularly impressive model.

I’ve since binge watched the entire Netflix series (it’s great) and got a much better understanding of the Voltron concept.

Voltron has defeated some powerful enemies but can it overcome the toughest challenge yet – convincing you to part with your hard earned money?

On Sale: Various Sets Reduced At LEGO Online

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This isn’t a drill – for what seems like the first time ever the Australian online LEGO store is actually having a decent sale.

In total there are over a hundred sets on sale from a variety of themes.

There are a few things on offer that are harder to find in-store as well as ones that are retiring soon. Winter Village Station is a tempting inclusion as it’s an exclusive that is very rarely (if ever) on sale elsewhere.

I suggest you head to the online store and check it out.

View the sale range here.
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Thanks to everybody who emailed or messaged me about this.

All The New Sets Available From LEGO Online

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Rather than wait until January 1st to release all of their new sets LEGO have updated their online store today with 60 sets now available.

Included in the line-up are the LEGO Movie 2 sets, new City and Friends – among others.

You can check out the full listing below. Each line should have a link to that particular product page (note: the links are automatically generated so let me know if any don’t work).

What are you planning to pick up? Or are you waiting for sets to hit retail?

Boxing Day Sale: 10% Off At eBay

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eBay’s Boxing Day offer is now live – they are offering 10% off your purchase when you spend $120 or more.

To get your discount enter the code PRIZE  at checkout. The usual rules apply - maximum discount of $300 per transaction and the code can only be use for a maximum of 2 transactions.

This is also one of those offers where eBay will end it at any time. So get in quick.

Unfortunately Target are excluded from the sale and Myer’s sale isn’t active on eBay.

You can find eBay’s LEGO portal here.

Boxing Day Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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You can always count on David Jones for a nice simple sale.

For their end of year sale they are offering 20% off the regular price of toys, including all of their LEGO range.

This offer runs until January 6th so it might even be possible to get some January releases on sale.

You can find the David Jones LEGO range here.

Boxing Day Sale: 20% Off At Myer

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Myer are rolling out a classic for their Boxing Day offering – a 20% off sale with a heap of exclusions. The only difference is that this one also has a minimum spend.

If you spend $50 or more on toys you will get 20% off your total order.

LEGO is included except for LEGO Ideas, Creator Expert, Technic, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Death Star and UCS Millennium Falcon.

This offer ends 11:59pm AEDT on December 28th. I can’t see any specific wording indicating that this is an online only offer.

You can view the included LEGO here.