LEGO Wants To Sell You A Giant Wooden Minifigure For $180

Do you love LEGO Minifigures but wish they were a lot bigger, expensive and mostly made of wood? Well LEGO has got just the product for you.

Introducing 853967 – LEGO® Originals Wooden Minifigure

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This product is the first entry into a new LEGO Originals concept. Created in partnership between LEGO and Room Copenhagen the Wooden Minifigure is a 5:1 upscaled version of the mifigure we all know and love.

The Wooden Minifigure is made from FSC-certified oak, with adjustable yellow plastic hands. The model measures over 20cm tall, 11cm wide and 9cm deep.

Included with the minifigure is a 28 page booklet and a small collection of bricks.

At $179.99 Australian this is not a cheap product, which is kind of weird because LEGO is really promoting this as something that you can customise. If I’m paying $180 for a giant wooden minifigure I’m not going to risk stuffing it up by slipping with a paintbrush, are you?

If this is something that interests you then you will be able to pick one up from November 8th at LEGO.com

More images and press release below.

On Sale: 30% Off City & Friends At Myer

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It’s been a while since we have seen a 30% off sale at Myer. It’s just a shame that it is only on two themes.

The sale runs from today (October 29) until November 3rd.

The discount may put Myer ahead of Big W and Kmart prices but I would still check both of them out first, particularly with Big W’s current coupon codes.

You can find Myer’s sale sets here [affiliate link].

Win a trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia

Myer is also offering a chance to win a family trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia, as well as $500 worth of LEGO each week.

To enter you need to spend $75 or more on any LEGO building set at MYER from 28/10/19 to 19/12/19.

Spend must be in 1 transaction. Limit 1 entry per transaction. Retain receipt/s. Entries close 11:59PM AEDST on each Thursday 7/11/19 – 12/12/19 inclusive for weekly draws and 19/12/19 for major draw.
Draws at 4PM AEDST each Friday 8/11/19-13/12/19 inclusive (weekly draws) and 20/12/19 (major draw). Winners on website from 23/12/19.

Minor prize (1 per draw): $500 worth of LEGO building sets. Major prize: Trip for 2 adults and 2 children to LEGOLAND Malaysia valued at up to $15K.

Thanks to Alyssa for the heads up.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W + Bonus Discount Codes

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Big W has a new catalogue sale that kicked off last week. The system I normally use to post about sales is playing up so I hadn’t got this posted yet, but I wanted to let you all know before it got too late.

There’s a mix of stuff included in the catalogue but probably not anything that will blow you away.

You can check out the catalogue for yourself here. The catalogue offers end Wednesday November 6th.

Bonus Spend & Save offer

Big W also has a spend and save offer happening at the moment. You can save a little extra off your order with different levels of discount based on your spend. There are three different codes:

  • Save $10 when you spend $100 with YOUSAVE10
  • Save $20 when you spend $150 with YOUSAVE20
  • Save $25 when you spend $200 with YOUSAVE25

The spend and save offer ends at 11:59 PM AEDT on October 30th.

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On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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I am a big fan of David Jones sales because they generally keep it simple. A nice solid discount without the annoying restrictions that you get from a certain other retailer.

A new David Jones sale has just kicked off and offer is a flat 20% off.

Being a David Jones sale you won’t see the discount until an item is in your cart, but there is no coupon codes to worry about.

The offer starts today (October 25th) and ends Sunday October 27th.

You can find the David Jones range here.

Thanks to Alyssa for the heads up.

On Sale: 10-20% Off At eBay

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There are a couple of new eBay codes live at the moment worth checking out. Here are the details

Toys R Us & Hobby Warehouse – 20% Off

Using the code PROWESS you can get 20% off your LEGO purchases from the Toys R Us and Hobby Warehouse eBay stores. The code has a maximum discount of $300 per transaction. Multiple items may be purchased in no more than 5 transactions (up to a maximum of 10 items per transaction). This code is valid until November 1st.

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[Affiliate links]

A bunch of other stuff – 10% Off

eBay also has a broad but oddly vague 10% off sale running at the moment. It’s one of those things that applies to random items and has no set end date. It’s worth heading to eBay’s dedicated LEGO landing page [affiliate link] and looking around for a product and seeing if the code works. The code you’ll need is PINS10 and this one has a minimum spend of $100.

First Look At The Chermside LEGO Store

The rollout of LEGO certified stores continues with the official opening of the Chermside LEGO Certified Store tomorrow. Located on the North side of Brisbane this store is the third for Queensland, following the Dreamworld store and the Robina one.

I was lucky enough to be invited along to a preview event tonight and anybody attending the store’s official opening tomorrow is in for a treat.

The Pick-a-brick wall features (by my count) 128 spots, with the ones out of reach duplicated. It was a really impressive selection of parts and there were plenty of parts that I could have filled a cup with by themselves. Cups are the same price as other certified stores – $14.99 for a small and $29.99 for a large.

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The store also features a build-a-minifigure station, which at the moment is stocked with some great exclusive parts for making some Halloween minifigures. It will cost you $19.99 for three minifigures.

There are also two fantastic additions that you need to check out in person – first is the amazing Story Bridge mosaic. The second is a brick-built sculpture of a huge crocodile and minifigure. Both of these are creations from Ryan McNaught and his team.

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If you are attending the opening you’ll be pleased to know that all the exclusives are in stock and ready to go. There seemed to be plenty of Ideas Friends sets, but they may not last long.

Anybody who spends $199 or more will receive the free LEGO Store Opening promotional set. The first 100 customers will also get a free gift.

This store is operated by the same company as the Robina, Broadway, Bondi and Doncaster stores. All share a common VIP program allowing you to earn points for your purchases. Signing up can be done at point of sale.

More pictures from the night below.

LEGO Announces 21320 Dinosaur Fossils

There are times when a LEGO Ideas project passes review and then I completely forget about it. That is what happened with the dinosaur fossil project that passed review back in May this year. Today, LEGO has officially announced the final version.

Introducing 21320 Dinosaur Fossils

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The set looks quite a bit different to the original project but I absolutely love the direction they have taken it. The three builds all look fantastic – particularly that T-Rex. This is a brilliant display piece that could easily exist outside a LEGO room. I reckon that I could even get away with having it on my desk at work.

The set features 910 pieces and will cost $99.99 here in Australia. You’ll be able to get yours from November 1st at LEGO.com

Read on for additional photos and the full product description.

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.