Double VIP Points Now Live

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It is something of an annual tradition that LEGO offers double VIP points in October. With all of the changes to the VIP program and the online store I wasn’t sure they were going to do it again this year but I am pleased to report that Double VIP points is now live.

From today (October 14th) until October 27th you’ll get twice the normal VIP points on all purchases.

It’s a great time to order some of those exclusives you’ve been considering.

Head over to the online store now to see what they’ve got [affiliate link].

LEGO City Space Sets Have Me Excited For The Future

LEGO City is one of those themes that has never really blown me away. I like it just fine but it can feel a bit too grounded. Or sometimes a bit too fantastical – I’m looking at you Sky Police. It has then come as a bit of a surprise that the 2019 City Space sets have completely won me over.

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I recently built 60227 Lunar Space Station and while a space station orbiting the moon is inherently cool, this set has an extra cool factor. This set is inspired by actual NASA mission objectives. In fact all of the 2019 City Space sets are based on real projects and concepts from NASA.

NASA has a goal to return humans to the surface of the moon by 2024 and beyond that to send a human to the surface of Mars. This project is called Artemis, named for the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. Just like the Apollo project, Artemis will feature a series of different missions each with different objectives. One major difference between Apollo and Artemis is that this time NASA wants to go to the moon to stay.

The Lunar Gateway will be an orbital space station built in various stages. It will serve as a base for landing crews, a laboratory and communications hub. Essentially providing the same role that Columbia did during Apollo 11, but on a much grander scale.

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LEGO Announces New Duplo App

I’m a big fan of Duplo so I was excited to see this press release from LEGO about a new Duplo app. Then I checked and noticed it was already in the app store and got a bit less excited. The app features one free area with the other two hidden by in-app purchases.

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To unlock the remaining 2 areas of the app you are looking at spending $12.99 on a bundle or $7.99 for each. $12.99 isn’t that much in the scheme of things but I personally hate free apps that get you hooked and then ask for money. It’s not fun explaining to a little kid that not all of their game works. The press release also says there will be more content made available in the future, which is good – but it also means future cost.

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I spotted the app in the Apple App store before the embargo lifted so I have downloaded it and checked it out. The free section is based on the Duplo Number Train set, and what is there is a very polished play experience. There are 4 different activities:

  • Put the number bricks in the correct order
  • Build using a selection of bricks
  • Match bricks to the same coloured train carriage
  • Finally there is an open play area

It’s fun and cute and I can see toddlers enjoying it. The app is available for iOS and Android.

You can check out the press release below.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer

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Myer likes to throw around the term Super Weekend whenever they have a sale that takes place on the weekend. Except this time. This is just a 20% off sale.

Of course we are talking about Myer so there are exclusions:

They do have the new Star Wars sets included if you haven’t been able to find them on sale anywhere yet.

The sale ends on Sunday (October 13th).

You can find the sale sets here [affiliate link].

On Sale: 20% Off At Big W Online

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Big W is having a surprise online 20% off sale. It’s not often that Big W does a broad discount like this so it’s always worth checking out.

This is a short one and ends at Midnight AEDT tomorrow (October 10th). This offer is not available in-store, just online.

You can find the LEGO range here.

Yoda Didn’t Survive Triple Force Friday

Yesterday was Triple Force Friday and I completely forgot to post about it. Which isn’t too bad because the Triple Force Friday promotional set is still available. What isn’t still available is 75255 Yoda, with the set not lasting the day. I did not expect that set to sell out at all.

Here’s what’s on offer in terms of promotions

Free Battle of Endor Micro-build

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Spend over $199 on Star Wars sets and you’ll get this cute little vignette of the Battle of Endor.

Double VIP Points on Star Wars

On all LEGO Star Wars products you’ll get double VIP points.

You can find more details of the promotions here. [affiliate link]

Giving LEGO’s “Rebuild The World” Concept A Go

You may have recently seen a new ad campaign from LEGO (If not it’s at the end of this post). While I shared it on the Bricking Around Facebook page I haven’t done a separate post about it. Until now!

The new campaign features the tagline “Rebuild the world”. This is essentially a new philosophy that LEGO are saying they want to embrace. It’s hard to know what exactly that means in practical terms for future products. The ad also doesn’t really make things clear because it’s so damn odd.

Pulling back all that oddness my understanding of the line is actually something that I fully support. Rebuild the world by taking something and making it different. It’s the spark of every great MOC ever built; taking the parts that LEGO makes and rebuilding something else.

I had a set that I go to review in January sitting around and to be honest I was stumped about what to do with it. I doubt anybody is still hanging out for a review of Riverside Houseboat 31093. I decided to tip out the set and “rebuild the world”. Presenting…

Sally and the Ent

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While on a camping trip with her dad, Sally befriends an Ent. This mythical tree creature may look gruff but he loves carrying Sally around as they pick flowers together. Sally’s dad is a little less than thrilled about her daughter’s new best friend.

I set out to only use parts from the 31093 set but in the end added a few foliage pieces I had just to improve the overall tree like aesthetic.

The angle plate pieces on the face kind of look like a moustache which I thought was pretty funny. I also spent far too long trying to align the eyes in the centre of the two window elements because, again, I thought those two pieces looked funny.

I had originally created legs that I wasn’t happy with. While playing around with alternatives my young son saw something I’d rejected and informed me they were boots so that the tree person can go ice skating. Of course the Ent loves to go ice skating. Can’t believe I didn’t think of that.

Clearly I am not cut out for LEGO Masters and you won’t be seeing Sally and the Ent on LEGO Ideas but I had fun. I had more fun building this silly little thing than I would have building the full actual set.

LEGO aren’t going to stop selling sets with instructions, but if they can also get more people building stuff like silly tree creatures who love ice skating then maybe they can rebuild the world in to something more interesting. Perhaps the key is for the last page in LEGO instructions to say “Okay now pull it apart again”.

What do you think of LEGO’s rebuild the world campaign? Despite the weird ad I am going to embrace it.

I received a copy of 31093 Riverside Houseboat from LEGO at my request. Elements from that set formed the basis of this post.

On Sale: Buy One, Get One Half Price At Myer

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Time for another Super Weekend at Myer.

On offer is a buy one, get one half price deal. If you are great at maths you’ll know that works out to 25% off if you buy two identically priced items.

At least that’s what the offer is meant to be. The way it’s actually working is that if you add any two items to your cart you’ll get 25% off each. That’s right you can buy a $20 set and a $600 set and get 25% off each. Myer may correct this during the day.

There are lots of new sets listed too like the Technic Land Rover Defender 42110. Unfortunately the Liebherr is showing as out of stock.

You can find the full range here. The sale excludes Ideas, Creator Expert and Hogwarts Castle. Offer ends Monday.

This article features affiliate links.

On Sale: 20% Off At Hobby Warehouse & Toys R Us eBay Stores

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eBay has rolled out a new 20% off sale at selected sellers. Unsurprisingly the sellers list happens to include both Toys R Us and Hobby Warehouse. Those two really do love being included in an eBay sale.

To get your 20% off you’ll need to enter the code POLLEN20 at checkout. The code runs until October 13th and will give you a maximum discount of $300 on 5 transactions.

You can find the eBay listings for each store here: Toys R Us and Hobby Warehouse

First Look At The Robina LEGO Certified Store

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The spread of Australian LEGO Stores continues with the official opening of the Robina LCS taking place tomorrow (September 28th) at 9am. Today I was lucky enough to attend an official pre-opening event where I got to check out the store.

Overall I was really impressed with the store. It’s well laid out and has the look and feel you’d expect if you have ever been in a LEGO store before.

There is a fantastic LEGO mosaic of the Gold Coast beach and skyline (created by Ryan McNaught) as well as a huge sculpture of a minifigure building a sandcastle.

For kids and the young at heart there is LEGO Play tables, a build-a-minifigure station as well as the Pick-a-brick wall. Check out the video below for a look at what was on the wall when I was there.

Chatting to the staff they seem to be pretty aware of what parts are popular with AFOLs (like foliage) and hope to be able to have a good offering all the time.

All of the exclusives you’d hope to see in a LCS were there in plentiful numbers. There were lots of Friends sets, heaps of Lunar Landers, the Disney Train and even the older exclusives like Ninjago City.

Be sure to check out the full gallery of photos from the day below.