Double VIP Offer Now Live

The Australian online LEGO store hasn’t been blowing us away with promotions lately, but this offer may be enough to get you over the line on some exclusives.

From today (March 23rd) until March 31st you can get Double VIP points on all orders.

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The New Sets page on the store should give you a good list of things to check out.

May I suggest Welcome to Apocalypseburg or maybe a Mustang (On backorder).

LEGO Tower Game Coming To Mobiles

This may not be the most exciting LEGO news but if you are a fan of mobile gaming experiences then you might be interested to hear that a new LEGO game is hitting app stores (App Store & Google Play) later this year.

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LEGO Towers is an all new take on the Tiny Towers game from NimbleBit. The game enables you to construct a wide range of apartments and businesses for your Minifigure residents to live, work and play in.

When it comes to mobile games there is always a concern that they are going to be packed with microtransactions but hopefully that isn’t the case here. The press release does say that you can visit your friends’ towers and trade items to help them build as well as being able to collect hundreds of unique Minifigure pieces and discover hidden characters. It’s unclear how the trading will work at this stage.

You can find the press release below.

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie 2

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The LEGO Movie 2 is in cinemas from today (March 21st)

I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of the preview screenings for The LEGO Movie 2 before the official release. After all the previous drama about Australian delays it was great to able to see this at the same time as the rest of the world.

Read on for my take on the film. This review will be spoiler free and only discuss things that have been shown in the trailer and talk about the film in general terms. In a few days I will be doing a separate spoilery discussion for those of you who have seen the movie. Please keep spoilers out of the comments on this article.

This review does have spoilers for The LEGO Movie.

The LEGO Movie was a surprise hit. There was – justifiably – a lot of cynicism around a toy company producing a two hour long ad but the film overcame that to be a well loved family movie. With surprise hits come the inevitable sequels and with them the risk that the magic will be lost.

The story begins immediately after the end of the first film. The impact of the Duplo invaders is shown through a series of fun battles, before we go to a 5 year later time jump. The time jump allows the characters to be re-calibrated – by making them grittier and tougher. The world of Apocalypseburg is shown to be your typical post-apocalyptic wasteland where only the strong survive. Everybody is adapting to this new world except for Emmet, who has lost none of his goofy positivity. The fact that Emmet hasn’t adapted is one of the various sources of conflict in the film, as Lucy feels that he needs to change.

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On Sale: LEGO Movie 2 Sets Reduced At Big W

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With The LEGO Movie 2 officially released today it’s no surprise that Big W have decided to offer discounts on those sets.

This sale isn’t as good as the 25% off sale they recently had but if you missed that then this is a good alternative.

The sale runs from today (March 21st) until April 3rd.

You can view the catalogue for yourself here, or see a list of prices below.

The catalogue also features some LEGO Movie 2 clothes for those of you with young kids.

 
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Name
Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
70821Emmet and Benny's Build and Fix Workshop!The LEGO Movie 2$25.00$29.99$4.9917%
70823Emmet's Thricycle!The LEGO Movie 2$19.00$22.99$3.9917%
70841Benny's Space SquadThe LEGO Movie 2$12.00$15.99$3.9925%
70832Emmet's Builder Box!The LEGO Movie 2$35.00$44.99$9.9922%
70833Lucy's Builder Box!The LEGO Movie 2$35.00$44.99$9.9922%
70829Emmet and Lucy's Escape Buggy!The LEGO Movie 2$59.00$79.989999999999995$20.98999999999999526%
70820LEGO Movie MakerThe LEGO Movie 2$59.00$79.989999999999995$20.98999999999999526%
70834MetalBeard's Heavy Metal Motor Trike!The LEGO Movie 2$65.00$89.99$24.9928%
70831Emmet's Dream House/Rescue Rocket!The LEGO Movie 2$65.00$89.99$24.9928%
70830Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship!The LEGO Movie 2$75.00$99.99$24.9925%
70828Pop-Up Party BusThe LEGO Movie 2$99.00$139.99$40.9929%

LEGO Announces New Series of Disney Minifigures

Exciting news announced overnight by LEGO – A second series of Disney Minifigures is coming to stores soon.

There are 18 characters in the line-up from a mix of Disney properties.

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Read on for a look at each minifigure.

Sydney LEGO Store Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the big day of Sydney LEGO fans with the official opening of the LEGO Store at Westfield Bondi Junction.

The doors officially open at 9am but with strong expectation of a line-up they may open things up a little early.

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There isn’t any official word on this but I am assuming (based on past experience) that the first customer will get some sort of surprise.

Will you be heading along to the store? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or post your shots on the Bricking Around Facebook page.

BONUS OFFER

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If you spend over $199 in store tomorrow you’ll receive a free LEGO Store set. This is quite a rare set as it’s only given out at store openings. Stock may be limited so you’ll want to get their earlier rather than later.

Big W’s eBay Store Will Give You An Extra 10% Off Their 25% Off Sale

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It’s hard to go past a 32.5% discount on LEGO.

Big W’s eBay store is showing the 25% off discount prices as per their current sale, and with code PULL10 you can get a further 10% off.

There are some big sets included in the offer so it’s certainly worth checking out.

View the Big W eBay LEGO range here.

On Sale: 25% Off At Big W Online

It seems that Big W are having some sort of surprise online sale and it looks pretty awesome.

On offer is 25% off toys – including LEGO.

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This is an online only offer so you’ll need to use click and collect or factor in delivery.

The sale runs for 48 hours only so you’ll need to get in today or tomorrow (March 19th & 20th).

You can find the Big W LEGO range here.

It may be worth also checking Amazon, as they will most likely be adjusting their prices to match this offer.

LEGO Announces 21317 Steamboat Willie

It feels like just yesterday that LEGO confirmed that Steamboat Willie had passed review, so I got a bit of a shock when I got the press release for this.

Introducing 21317 Steamboat Willie

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This black and white set features a fairly faithful recreation of Mickey’s first official appearance in the 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie.

The set includes iconic elements of the short, including the paddle wheel, whistles, crane, bird and potato bin.

I think the designers have done a brilliant job of adapting the original ideas submission. They even managed to integrate a play feature – rolling the set on a flat surface will make the paddle wheel turn and the steam pipes go up and down.

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There are also some great printed elements including a Turkey in the straw tile, 1928 tile and S.S. Willie tile.

The set features 751 pieces and includes two minifigures – Mickey and Minnie. Unfortunately the real captain of the S.S. Willie isn’t included. While you can’t really tell from the pictures both Mickey and Minnie feature chrome detailing.

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If you are a Disney collector then you may like the included display plaque for the minifigures.

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What may turn a few people away is the Australian RRP of $129.99. The set is officially released April 1st.

Check out the additional pictures and official press release below.

On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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So it appears that David Jones enjoyed their 20% off sale last week so much that they are doing it again!

The best bit is that there are quite a few items that are listed for less than 20% off. The best bit is this is a nice long running offer – it ends April 14th. Also there are no exclusions.

You can find the David Jones LEGO range here.

As always discounts only show when an item has been added to your cart (except for some stuff, it’s confusing).

Thanks to Niklas and Alyssa for the heads up.