Make A Star Wars Stop Motion Masterpiece With Dad This Weekend

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Are you a Sydney LEGO fan looking for a fun activity to do for Father’s Day this weekend?

LEGO are running a special stop motion studio experience at Comber Street Studios in Paddington.

The LEGO All-Stars Studio experience is an hour-long class where mini film-makers will get the chance to direct, shoot, edit and voice their very own iconic Star Wars film using LEGO Star Wars Minifigures, LEGO bricks and bespoke sets.

Families will have the chance to showcase their final creations in a premiere at the end of each session, and also take a copy home to share with friends and family.

Classes can be booked between 9-4pm for Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd of September. Register your family for free at legostarwars.eventbrite.com.au. Note: Tickets are currently showing as sold out but I have confirmed that more will be made available soon.

WHAT: LEGO All-Stars Studio
WHERE: Comber Street Studios, 5 Comber Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
WHEN: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018 – 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm (both days)
COST: Free!

You can check out the promo below for a taste of the sort of movie you can create.

LEGO Announces Simpsons BrickHeadz

LEGO has just announced two new BrickHeadz from a new sub-theme – The Simpsons.

The first Simpsons characters imortalised in the BrickHeadz format are Homer Simpson and Krusty The Clown.

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It’s unclear if these are two separate products or a double pack. Seeing as how LEGO announced these with a single image I am going to assume they come together.

What do you think? I know that BrickHeadz are incredibly polarising.

Bricking Around Is Now On Patreon

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Over the years a few people have suggested that I launch a Patreon to help support this site. It’s something that I have considered but never followed through with – until now. You can find the Bricking Around Patreon here, or click the button below.

Become a Patron!

What’s Patreon?

If you are not familiar with Patreon it is a platform that allows people to support content creators by becoming patrons and making a monthly donation. That doesn’t mean that the site is going to be become a members only site. It is just an option for people who want to do that little bit extra to support the site.

Why is Bricking Around starting a Patreon?

The first goal is to scrap the Google Ads on the site. I know that nobody likes ads, so removing them would be great for everybody.

The main reason though is that I want to produce the best possible content and resources for Australian LEGO fans. As a Recognised LEGO Fan Media site I am able to get some LEGO sets from LEGO directly so this isn’t about buying me LEGO.

The projects that I want to produce take a lot of time and resources. For example I want to create a database of LEGO information that surpasses anything else out there for Australians. International sites, like Brickset, are great but they don’t care about what Kmart charges for the latest Friends set. I do care about that.

The Australian retailers are not great at sharing information, so a lot of what I do requires a hands on approach to gathering the data. Posts such as price comparisons can take hours to produce. There are also potential costs involved in some of the projects that I want to create for the community. While I’d love to cover those costs myself it’s just not always possible.

What do I get as a Patron?

Patrons will get their name on the website to show appreciation for their support. I will also be offering some behind the scenes posts for Patrons. For example giving you a look at what I am building before I publish my actual review. Patrons will also get a first look at projects in their BETA stages. If certain goals are met I’ll be rewarding supporters in other ways such as a monthly raffle.

Other ways to support Bricking Around

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No Current Plans For Bricktober Sets Here In Australia

Sometimes I have to bring you bad news rather than good news.

I have heard from LEGO today that there are currently no plans for the release of the Bricktober sets in Australia.

For those of you unfamiliar with Bricktober, it is/was an annual event at Toys R Us where promotional sets were given out when you buy LEGO. This year’s lineup includes 4 great looking minifigure collections; a Harry Potter collection, a Jurassic World collection, a Ninjago collection and a Marvel collection.

Unfortunately Toys R Us no longer exists in Australia. I, like others, had hoped that these sets would make their way to another retailer or be available online. It seems however that (at this stage) that won’t be happening. Hopefully LEGO will change their mind on this and we’ll see them available here in some capacity.

It’s Happening Again – The LEGO Movie 2 Delayed In Australia

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48 Days. That is the difference between the US release date (February 8th) and the current Australian release date (March 28) for The LEGO Move Part 2.

I’d love to pretend to be shocked by this, but I’m not. Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke continues to make a mockery of his own statements on Australian release dates - ”Our policy go forward, is that all of our movies will release day and date with the United States”. On September 9th 2014 Mr Burke told the Online Copyright Infringement Forum that holding the LEGO Movie back 54 days was a mistake. It’s a mistake they keep making.

Village Roadshow is one of the most active participants in the battle against piracy here in Australia. Their strategy is simple – get stuff blocked. If sites are blocked then there is no way at all people will able to access pirated content according to their logic. The problem is that blocks are incredibly easy to get around.

People in Australia will pirate The LEGO Movie Part 2. I am willing to put money on that. Then Village Roadshow will come out and say that piracy really hurt the release and that more needs to be done. They might even say that they made a mistake. They won’t mean it. Not really.

The Australian release date is listed as March 28 in the Warner Bros media portal. This is subject to change but Roadshow also told me via Facebook that it will be March or even possibly April.

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Target

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Another retailer getting in on discounts for Dad LEGO – which exclusively means Technic.

This Target sale features 5 Technic sets with average discounts. 42081 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX is slightly cheaper than the Big W sale price.

The sale runs from tomorrow (August 23rd) until September 5th. You can view the catalogue for yourself here.

 
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Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
42076HovercraftTechnic$79.00$109.99$30.9928%
42074Racing YachtTechnic$39.00$49.99$10.9922%
42075First ResponderTechnic$49.00$59.99$10.9918%
42077Rally CarTechnic$129.00$159.99$30.9919%
42081Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUXTechnic$139.00$199.99$60.9930%

On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Big W

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Father’s Day always throws up a few discounts – sets that the retailers think are blokey enough to feature in their catalogue. Our first example is these few sets that Big W are offering at a discount.

Overall it’s a pretty limited selection but I know a lot of people are keen on both the UCS Y-Wing and the App Controlled Batmobile.

The sale kicks off tomorrow (August 23rd) and runs until September 5th.

 
Set #
Name
Theme
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
76112App-Controlled BatmobileDC Comics Super Heroes$119.00$139.99$20.9915%
75181Y-wing StarfighterStar Wars$249.00$299.99$50.9917%
42072WHACK!Technic$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
42073BASH!Technic$20.00$29.99$9.9933%
42081Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUXTechnic$148.00$199.99$51.9926%
42079Heavy Duty ForkliftTechnic$49.00$69.99$20.9930%

The Next Star Wars UCS Set Is 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

Some of the most iconic moments in the original Star Wars trilogy all took place in The Empire Strikes Back, specifically in Cloud City.

75222 Betrayal at Cloud City captures several iconic scenes in a huge diorama, split into 4 distinct sections. Scenes included are; the galaxy’s most interesting dinner party, where the heroes discover Darth Vader waiting for them; Han Solo being frozen in Carbonite, uttering that classic “I know” line; the showdown between Luke and Vader, where Luke learns the truth about his dad.

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Overall I think LEGO have done a great job of capturing some classic moments with the 2812 pieces included in the set.

Included in the set is a whopping 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid.’

You’ll also get small scale version of Slave I and a Twin-Pod Cloud Car.

Check out the full gallery and press release below. Australian RRP is $499.99. The set will be available to VIPs on September 13th and everybody else October 1st.

On Sale: 15% Off Ideas & Creator Expert At Myer

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You know how all of Myer’s recent sales have excluded Creator Expert and Ideas (among others)? Well it looks like that strategy has backfired with Myer now offering 15% off those sets.

This sale is online only, so you’ll need to look at their fairly limited online range.

There doesn’t seem to be an end date left – it may be a case of it running until they’ve moved enough stock.

You can view the range included in the sale here.

On Sale: 10% Off For eBay Plus Members

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Have you signed up for eBay’s premium subscription service eBay Plus? If so you probably received an email today letting you know that they are offering 10% off eBay Plus items.

The sale runs from today (August 20th) until 11:59 PM on August 22nd.

10% off may not be the best sale but it might be enough for something you’ve had your eye on. As a Plus sale this is only available on Plus eligible items. There are still plenty of items covered but it’s not everything.

To get the discount enter the code PLUSIT10 at checkout.

You can find eBay’s LEGO page here.

Note: eBay Australia’s LEGO page is a collection of authorised LEGO sellers, not items sold by LEGO directly.