Happy Mother’s Day

A very happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. I know there are lots of AFOL mums and I hope you all got lots of LEGO.

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LEGO Family Forced To Live In A Tree – The Results Will Shock You

LEGO City is currently experiencing a housing crisis. A crisis with no end in sight as the government continues to prioritise the never ending expansion of our emergency services. When LEGO City officials decided to invest in a mission to Mars instead of tackling affordable housing John Clayton had enough.

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“I had always been a LEGO City guy, born and bred. It was home – even though I knew it wasn’t perfect. I mean what city needs that many fire stations? But the thing that really pushed me over the edge was the Mars mission. Why is a small town funding a mission to Mars? Why are we building a bloody launch facility 30km from the CBD!”

John wanted something more for his kids. He began to investigate a more rural option for his family.

5 Uses For Your LEGO Trophy

This year LEGO has released a cool little set in 40385 LEGO Trohpy. This 200 piece set allows you to create a brick-built trophy and customise it with a range of different stickers. There’s so many potential uses for this thing! Here’s 5.

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On Sale: 20% Off Selected Sets At LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne

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To celebrate the launch of their online store LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne are having a 20% off sale on a range of LEGO sets.

If you don’t want to head in store or just don’t live in Melbourne then you’ll be pleased to know that this offer is online too.

You can see the included sets here.

The big ticket item is the Disney Train & Station set that is not easy to come by regardless of sale price or not.

The sale runs until May 12th.

LEGO Masters Season 2, Episode 7 – Recap

Today is Star Wars Day – May The 4th be with you – but tonight’s episode of LEGO Masters is not the Star Wars episode. Somebody at Channel 9 really stuffed up the schedule. If you are angry enough to switch off I understand. If not stick around while I recap tonight’s episode.

Tonight is another elimination episode so another team is heading home.

Damian and Andrew decide not to play their golden brick.

The teams are ushered to stand at their desks. Immediately they all notice that there are large baseplates fixed to the top and edge but surprise there are also baseplates attached to the underside of the table.

Tonight’s challenge is called Above and Below. The build time is 12 hours.

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Andrew and Damian are given the chance to use their Jordon brick and it’s finally time. Perfect time for it I think as it means they don’t have to keep getting up off the floor to race to the brick pit.

LEGO Masters Season 2, Episode 6 – Recap

It’s Sunday night and for some people it’s also a long weekend. What could be better? Oh yeah – A new episode of LEGO Masters.

It’s an elimination episode tonight and Tim and Danni are out of here after winning in the last episode.

Brickman pulls the cover off a giant picture frame lined with baseplates. The challenge today is 3D art. The frame is deep but Brickman is expecting builds that don’t just make use of the frame’s depth but also jump out of the frame.

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The build time is 12 hours.

TEST DRIVE: Technic 4X4 X-treme Off-Roader

The LEGO Technic 4X4 X-treme Off-Roader is a Control+ set, meaning that you can control the finished model with a phone or tablet. I am not a huge Technic fan but this set looked like one worth getting. Check out the video below where I took the finished model for a test drive…

I am still not a fan of the Technic build experience. I find it a bit too fiddly dealing with all those pins. Having said that, this set kicks ass. The end result is massive and looks fantastic. The real magic happens when you connect your phone or tablet. The controls are easy but the precision can be a little hard to perfect. That’s not a huge problem – it’s LEGO you can just put it back together if you crash it too badly.

The set is not particularly fast, but I don’t think speed is the goal here. This thing is designed for climbing over rocks not racing in a straight line. It’s good at what it’s meant to do.

Overall I think this set is a must buy for Technic fans, and one worth considering for everybody else.

This set was provided to me by LEGO at my request. Opinions are my own.

May The 4th Promotions Now Live

It may be the 1st of May but LEGO is already kicking off their May The 4th promotions. There’s a range of offers that you may want to check out.

A-Wing Now Available

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The latest UCS set, 75275 A-wing Starfighter, is now available to purchase. It will set you back $329.99 here in Australia.

Free Death Star II Battle

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Spend over $199 on Star Wars products and you’ll get this cool little vignette of The Death Star II battle.

Double VIP Points on all Star Wars sets

Purchase any Star Wars set to get double VIP points. A nice little additional incentive for anybody after the Death Star II promo set.

You can find all the May The 4th details here [affiliate link]

New Harry Potter Sets Are Here To Magically Drain Your Bank Account

Here is some exciting news for fans of the LEGO Harry Potter range – 6 new sets! These sets have officially been announced today with availability from June 1st. Pre-orders open April 30.

Here’s the detail of each set announced today… (additional box photos at the end of the post)

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Room of Requirement (75966)

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  • 193 pieces
  • The full model, when connected, measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 7″ (19cm) long and 2″ (6cm) deep. The different sections of the set can be attached in a variety of configurations to inspire new ways to play.
  • Includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
  • $29.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter (75967) harry-potter-2020-sets-3

  • 253 pieces
  • The full model measures over 4” (12cm) high and Grawp stands over 5” (13cm) high, providing a magical large-scale model for use as part of kids’ role-play adventures or on display in their rooms.
  • Includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Dolores Umbridge.
  • $49.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Astronomy Tower (75969)

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  • 971 pieces
  • The model measures over 15” (40cm) high, 11” (29cm) wide and 6” (17cm) deep and connects seamlessly with LEGO® Hogwarts™ sets 75953, 75954 and 75948.
  • Includes 8 minifigures Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Horace Slughorn, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown and Draco Malfoy.
  • $179.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ 4 Privet Drive (75968)

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  • 797 pieces
  • The house measures over 6” (17cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep and the car is over 4” (12cm) long. The large scale and authentic detail make this playset ideal for display as well as hands-on play.
  • Includes 6 minifigures: Includes 6 minifigures – Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Dudley Dursley, Vernon Dursley, Petunia Dursley and Dobby.
  • $99.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hedwig™ (75979)

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  • 630 pieces
  • With a wingspan of over 13” (34cm) and a beak-to-tail measurement of over 7” (20cm), this mechanical Hedwig™ collectible LEGO® set makes an impressive display that is sure to be the center of attention.
  • $69.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Attack on The Burrow (75980)

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  • 1,047 pieces
  • The Weasley family house measures over 13” (34cm) high, 8” (22cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.
  • Includes 8 LEGO® minifigures: Ron, Ginny, Arthur and Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Greyback and Harry Potter
  • $149.99

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LEGO Masters Season 2, Episode 5 – Recap

It’s Monday night and we’ve got a fun episode to look forward to. After the unfortunate events yesterday we are pleased to inform you that nobody is going home tonight. This one is for immunity in the next episode.

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The teams arrive to find a brick built dinner setting. Andrew suggests that they have to build something and eat it. That could be an interesting challenge.

Hamish reveals what’s actually going on – shake tables. The challenge is called Make & Shake. They have to build a 1.2m tall 32×32 tower, which will then be subjected to varying levels of shake.

Damian and Andrew decide not to get Jordie assistance.

Build time is 8 hours.

Damian and Andrew decide to build a wizard tower with a lot of technic inside. The wizard tower is a good idea if it does come down to aesthetics.

Tim and Danni are going with a design of 4 walls linked to a central pillar that is weighted at the bottom. At this stage they aren’t thinking about aesthetic.

Jay and Stani are known for their towers so the pressure is on them. They decide to go with the biggest tyres they can find as shock absorbers. This was the idea that came to mind for me too.

Jackson and Alex are just going to brute force it and build a solid block. Brickman doesn’t think they are going to make it but to be honest he’s been terrible at estimating times so far this year. If they go flat out I reckon they can make it.

Jennifer and Jodie are going with a modern style building with a pretty solid core.

Trent and Josh are going full technic. It’s an interesting idea that could work out.

Jackson and Alex are still going flat out. It’s a race against time!

Danni has a brilliant idea – she’s going to turn their build into a giant popcorn bucket that spills popcorn everywhere. It’s a great way to utilise the shaking into their aesthetic.

Alex throws out a “cop it Brickman”. I’m loving their energy today.

Jen and Jodie have a mismeasurement issue.

Unsurprisingly Jay and Stani hit the height first.

Damian spots that Andrew has left a 1×1 brick gap in their build.

Jackson and Alex hit their height with time to spare so that get stuck in to the aesthetics.

Trent and Josh appear to be include references to previous winning builds.

Now lets get shaking!

First up is the Technic build of Trent and Josh. They quickly get up to level 4 before the sharks go. At level 7 their build finally gives up. That looked great.

Next we have Jennifer and Jodie. Their build has a join that could be a weak point. They get to level 6 before their build splits at the join.

Jackson and Alex‘s turn and their build isn’t just solid, it actually looks nice. Their solid build is going to destroy the shake plate. They managed to get all the way up to 10 without a major failure. They could win this.

Damian and Andrew have a great aesthetic design, even with the 1×1 brick missing. They get the whole table dancing around the room at level 10 but their build holds.

Jay and Stani went with the shock absorbers but that proves to be a weak point with their whole tower falls over at level 6.

Danni and Tim are next with their giant popcorn bag tower. Quickly getting up to level 10 their build holds. The popcorn flying everywhere was a great touch.

That means there are 3 teams that beat the shake plates and Ryan will decide the winner based on the overall aesthetic.

Tim and Danni win it! They were the only team that used the shaking as part of their build and that got them over the line. These two are safe from the next elimination which is a 3D artwork challenge.