January Set Price Battle: Who’s Got The Cheapest Everyday Prices

January 2018 Price Battle

While certain retailers price their LEGO sets at RRP, there are others that try and compete with lower everyday prices. Those cheaper prices can often be better than 20% off the regular price.

I have looked around at the three majors who promote themselves as having low everyday prices; Target, Big W and Kmart. I went through the “new” category on their websites and compiled a detailed list of all the January release sets and how much they are charging. For Big W, who have a small sale on, I looked at the regular price not the sale price.

You can find all of the listings for yourself here: Kmart, Big W and Target.

Looking at the numbers it seems that Kmart is the winner with almost all of their prices lower or on par with Big W. Big W generally isn’t too far off with their pricing. Target is a clear last with a smaller online listing and the sets that are listed almost all higher than Kmart and/or Big W.

Obviously sales are going to affect these numbers, but it’s worth saving this list to check when you see a 20% off sale at Myer/David Jones/Toys R Us, as the set you want could still be cheaper elsewhere.

Here is the important information, the list with the best price for each set. If you scroll right down to the end of the article there is also a full list of prices rather than just the best ones.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

Big W 2017 Logo

Occasionally if you look closely retailers like to sneak in some LEGO discounts in their Back To School catalogues and that is exactly what Big W have done this week.

These offers barely fall under the category of sale as most are just promoting their regular price for a selection of the new 2018 sets. There are a few sets that are reduced during the catalogue period but nothing that’s going to blow you away.

The catalogue runs from today (January 18th) until January 31st.

If you want to check out the catalogue for yourself you can do so here, or see the set list below.

75192 Millennium Falcon Now Available For Pre-Order From Toys R Us

It seems that slowly the UCS Millennium Falcon is becoming less impossible to buy. The latest option is to pre-order the set from Toys R Us. They are charging RRP but you will also need to add in postage.

 

75192 MF Toys R Us Preorder

 

The catch that may make this less appealing is that the item is due for delivery in March. If you are happy to wait then it is an option worth considering. You’ll also get Toys R Us VIP points worth about $10.

You can pre-order the set via https://www.toysrus.com.au/lego-star-wars-milennium-falcon-75192_8013781/

Thanks to David for letting me know about this.

Brickvention 2018 Just One Week Away – Win Two Free Tickets

Brickvention 2017 Logo

Every January there is a huge event that hits Melbourne. No, I’m not talking about the Australian Open – It’s Brickvention.

Celebrating it’s 12th year Brickvention 2018 will feature incredible displays from talented builders around the country. These displays will incorporate all of your favourite LEGO themes.

You will also be able to talk to the creatives behind the LEGO artworks, create your own visions in the exciting play zone, meet your favourite cosplay characters, visit the merchandise corner and let your imagination run wild.

Some sessions are already sold out.

Tickets for the event start at $18 for adults or $9 for Children (4 – 14). There are various options including free entry for Companion Card holders. Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking, and must be purchased online prior to the event.

Win Two Free Tickets

Thanks to the organisers of Brickvention 2018 I have an adult and child ticket to give away. All you need to do is enter your details in the form below. If you happen to be an AFOL without kids then you can specify that in the form and should your name be drawn a runner-up will get the child ticket.

ENTRY NOW CLOSED

Bricking Around
BRICKVENTION 2018 COMPETITION
TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Information on how to enter and prizes forms part of these Conditions of Entry.
  2. Entry is open to all Australian residents who visit www.brickingaround.com during the promotional period. Entrants under the age of 18 must provide contact details for a Parent or Guardian over the age 18.
  3. Prize does not include travel to Brickvention 2018.
  4. Limit one entry per person (based on email address and/or IP address).
  5. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Conditions of Entry.
  6. No responsibility accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  7. The promotion commences at 09:00 PM AEST on 13/01/2018 and closes at 11:00 AM AEST on 18/01/2018 (“the Promotional Period”). The promoter may in its absolute discretion end the promotion prior to the conclusion date.
  8. Only entries submitted using the form at www.brickingaround.com will be accepted.
  9. The winners will be chosen using computerised random selection.
  10. The prize pool is 1 x Adult & 1 x Child ticket to Brickvention 2018 (value $27 AUD).
  11. One winner will receive both tickets unless entrant specifies otherwise.
  12. The winners of the prize/s will be contacted via email in order to arrange their prize. If the winners cannot be contacted within 2 days of the close of the competition, then the winner will have forfeited the prize.
  13. The prize/s are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. No responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of a prize.
  14. The promoter of this competition is Bricking Around in conjunction with the organisers of Brickvention 2018, and is conducted without the involvement of the LEGO Group of Companies.

On Sale: 20% Off At Myer This Weekend

Myer Super Weekend March 2015

Myer are having their first Super Weekend sale of the year this weekend.

On offer is 20% off toys, including LEGO.

This sale is active no online but doesn’t start until tomorrow (Saturday January 13th) in-store. The offer ends 11:59 AEDT Sunday January 14.

In a move that will shock absolutely nobody 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon is specifically excluded from the sale.

For those of you buying online don’t forget to use one of the anniversary codes. The codes are ANNIVERSARY10 for $10 off when you spend $60 or more, ANNIVERSARY15 for $15 off when you spend $80 or more and ANNIVERSARY20 for $20 off when you spend $100 or more.

You can view the online range here, but unfortunately none of the 2018 sets seem to be listed.

eBay – Extra 5% off

If you are looking at the Myer eBay store then you may be interested to know that you can get an extra 5% off with the code PICK5. Generally the anniversary codes work out more than 5% but it’s an option to look at.

View the Myer eBay range here.

Your Exclusivity Guide For 1HY 2018

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Every year there are certain sets that are exclusive to certain retailers. Usually tracking down who is stocking what is a bit of a pain but with help from LEGO I have been able to get all of that information and collated it into an easy to read table that you’ll find at the end of the article. Here is a bit of an overview first….

The list consists of some new 2018 sets as well as sets launched previously that either have new or continued exclusivity. However note that this list doesn’t cover LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne or Dreamworld as those stores have access to the full product range.

The Architecture sets will be exclusive to Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores for at least the first half of 2018. This includes the new Shanghai set.

The LEGO Batman Movie set The Bat-Dune Buggy is not listed as specific to a particular retailer but is listed as being exclusive to the first half of the year, which seems to indicate that it won’t be available in the second half of the year.

Disney Castle continues to be exclusive to LEGO Brand retail (Dreamworld and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre).

The new 2018 City set Mountain River Heist is a Toys R Us Exclusive.

Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores will be stocking the Taj Mahal set in the first half of 2018 but there is no set date specified.

Moana’s Ocean Voyage becomes a Kmart exclusive.

One of the biggest surprises to me on the list was two Amazon exclusives – the Ghostbusters HQ will be moving from Big W to Amazon and it will be joined by the Slave 1.

The 2018 Star Wars range features some exclusives too – the buildable Darth Vader and Boba Fett sets are both exclusive to Myer, David Jones and specialty toy stores. Mos Eisley Cantina will be a Toys R Us exclusive while the Sandspeeder will only be coming to Toyworld stores.

Ninjago City is listed as a Toys R Us exclusive but no concrete date is given but as this is a 1HY list it hopefully will show up sooner rather than later.

The BrickHeadz, which aren’t in the retail catalogue, were not in the list so exclusivity on those is still unconfirmed.

Update: Just to clarify: This list is not every set that will be coming out in the first half of the year. There are still unannounced sets, sets that were recently announced (e.g. Ship in a Bottle) and sets where exclusivity hasn’t been decided. I will be doing my best to keep on top of this information as it becomes available.

You can see the full list below.

On Sale: Buy One, Get One Half Price At Toys R Us

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With all the excitement yesterday with Millennium Falcons and the Ship in a Bottle set I completely forgot to post about the Toys R Us sale that kicks off today.

Toys R Us are offering buy one get one half price on all LEGO from today (January 11th) until January 30th.

If you buy two identically priced items that works out to 25% off RRP.

These sales always apply the discount to the lowest priced item, so if you are buying multiple sets you may need to split it over multiple transactions to make the most of the offer.

You can find their online LEGO page here or of course head in-store. Stores should hopefully have some of the January sets on shelves now.

Official Details of 21313 Ship In A Bottle

The latest LEGO Ideas product has officially been announced and I suspect that a lot of people are going to want this as a display piece.

Introducing 21313 Ship in a Bottle

21313 Ship in a Bottle

Based on the original idea by JakeSadovich77 the Ship in a Bottle set features a brick built ship named the Leviathan inside a wonderfully designed brick-built bottle. The set also features an impressive display stand.

There are a lot of fantastic details on this set, the cork in the bottle looks great, as does the compass on the display stand. Creating large clear structures is not something that is normally associated with LEGO bricks and I think the final design did an impressive job of creating the bottle. I love the wax seal element on the bottle too.

The ship itself features three sets off sails, all featuring a printed element with a representation of the Leviathan beast.

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To add to the overall aesthetic over 280 translucent-blue 1×1 round plates are included to represent water.

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My only real complaint about the set is that the fan model featured rigging created with string while the final model doesn’t. I think it added to the overall look of the ship and I would have liked to see it incorporated in the final model. It may be a case of it was to difficult to add that in to a retail model.

The set will be released February 1st (no VIP release) with an Australian RRP of $119.99.

You can read the press release and see the full image gallery below.

75192 Millennium Falcon Now Being Stocked At Myer & David Jones

When I posted yesterday that the Millennium Falcon was back in stock on the Australian online store there was a response from a reader named Arthur who said it had been spotted at Myer and David Jones.

75192 At Myer

This morning I have called around and can confirm that this massive set is in fact starting to be stocked locally.

Myer

Thanks to a very helpful staff member at the Upper Mt Gravatt store I was told that as of around 12:15 PM AEST Myer had the following stock:

  • Brisbane CBD – 5
  • Melbourne City – 14
  • Southland – 6
  • Doncaster- 7
  • Perth City – 7
  • Sydney City – 21

Obviously this is just what their computer system said at the time. If you are planning to get one I highly recommend calling ahead.

David Jones

Unfortunately the person I spoke to at David Jones was unable to confirm stock because their stock system was down. It is in their system but you will need to try your local store.

Melbourne LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Builds World’s Largest Millennium Falcon

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Master Model Builder Dave got in touch with me yesterday to share details of something awesome that they have done at the centre.

Over the last week (with the help of around 7000 children/families) Dave and his fellow Master Model Builder Lewis have built the World’s Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon.

Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon Launch HR-7

This impressive model features 250,000 pieces which is just a few more than the UCS version.

Dave and Lewis started with a 1.25m prototype that took 100 hours to complete. That prototype was then up-scaled using giant bricks built by kids. You can see the prototype version on the right in the image below.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre_Millenium Falcon

If you want to check out the model yourself it is on display at the Melbourne LEGOLAND Discovery Centre until the end of February.