Tag Archives: 2017

Happy Easter

I hope everybody is having a great Easter. This is always a great time for LEGO sales and the four days off gives you plenty of time to build.

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Let me know in the comments what your LEGO Easter plans are. Hitting the sales or some quiet building at home?

Thanks to Belinda and blockstoabrickfight for their LEGO Easter pictures, featured above.

April Sales Buying Guide And Megalist

April 2017 Sales Guide

Here we go – Big W, Kmart, Target, Myer and Toys R Us. Every one of those stores has a sale on right now. It’s school holidays and it’s magnificent for LEGO fans.

With so many sales on it can be hard to know what is the best deal. Hopefully this guide can give you all the information that you need.

First up, it’s important to know that different sales end at different times. You can check the end date of the sales on the calendar below.

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Click on the links below to view the related articles about each sale

At the end of the article you’ll find the megalist. It’s every set featured in a current catalogue. The list doesn’t not include sets that would be covered in a percentage off sale. Here’s a quick tip to find the set that you want for the best price;

Is it in the megalist?
If the set is in the megalist and has a discount greater than 20% off RRP you should buy at the store listed. If it’s not listed, or less than 20% off then move on…

Is it a Rogue One set?
Myer has 30% off Rogue One sets, so if what you are after fits that category then go to Myer. If not move on…

Is the set available at Target?
If this is a generally available set Target is probably your next best bet. They have a flat 20% off and their prices are usually slightly lower than RRP. If the set is not available at Target, then on to…

Is the set available at Myer?
If the set you want is available at Myer but not Target then go to Myer for 20% off.

If all of that fails, then it seems you are after something that might be exclusive to another store. Unfortunately that may mean you are out of luck.

The information above doesn’t consider what stores are close to you. If you have a Myer closer than Target then that’s fine – there’s not likely to be a huge difference.

April Offer From LEGO Online Now Active

It may be a few days late but the April offer from the Australian online LEGO store is now active.

Spend $60 or more on LEGO products to receive a free Mini VW Beetle set.

April 2017 Bonus Mini BeetleThe offer runs from now until April 20th 2017.

This is a great little build and is likely to be quite popular, so it may run out before the 20th.

Here are the terms from the website: LEGO® VW Mini Beetle (40252) offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com, and telephone orders from 4th to 20th April 2017, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be greater than $60 in LEGO merchandise only. One LEGO VW Mini Beetle (40252) per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other discount, offer or free gift. It cannot be exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. It is not available for purchase. Offer is not valid at LEGOLAND® Parks or LEGOLAND Discovery Centres. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without prior notice.

Note that this offer is not available at the Dreamworld store.

Via https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/vw-mini-beetle?icmp=SHBanner_EU_MiniBeetleGwP

 

New LEGO Batman Movie Sets Announced

The LEGO Facebook page has shared pictures of the second wave of The LEGO Batman Movie sets.

This wave seems to include plenty of characters missing from the first wave. Click on the images for larger versions.

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See the others below

Official Pictures of Brick Headz Sets

The Brick Headz concept was first unveilled at San Diego ComicCon with a series of exclusive sets. While the exclusivity of the sets annoyed many we were promised that a full release was coming in 2017. Well LEGO have just uploaded pictures of the final sets to their server. There are 8 sets that we know of so far, and there are a few differences to the SDCC sets.

While the Marvel sets are based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the characters, The DC side of things is going LEGO Batman Movie over more traditional representations.

Overall I like the concept. Some sets seem to work better than others but I hope this succeeds and we see more. No word on pricing at this stage. Click on the image for larger versions, and click READ MORE to see the full list of 8 (if you can’t already).

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Lismore Brick Event This Weekend

Are you a LEGO fan in Northern NSW looking for something to do this weekend? Brick Events are heading your way for the Lismore Brick Event.

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The Lismore Brick Event is a LEGO fan event for all ages, showcasing over 30 amazing LEGO creations and sets from LEGO history.

The event will feature Build Tables, a Build Wall and even a Build A Train play area. Need to take some LEGO home? LEGO merchandise will be available to buy.

Ticket Prices are $14.50 for adults and $9.50 for children (under 3s are free). A family ticket (2 adults, 3 kids) is also available for $53. Tickets are available at the door, with EFTPOS available. You can also pre-purchase tickets online at https://brickevents.iwannaticket.com.au/

You can learn more about the event via the event page below, or at http://www.brickevents.com.au

Brickvention 2017 This Weekend

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Melbourne LEGO fans are in for a treat this weekend with the return of one of Australia’s biggest LEGO shows – Brickvention 2017.

The show will be held on the weekend of January 14 and 15, 2017, at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria. Morning sessions are selling out quickly, but there are still plenty of sessions free. If you want to head along to the event you’ll need to buy your ticket online from trybooking.com

Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children 4 – 14. Children 3 or under are free. Hardcore LEGO fans may be interested in the 2-day pass, which offers unrestricted access on both days. The 2-day pass is $42 for adults or $21 for children.

A special needs session will be taking place on Sunday 15th January. Places are limited for this session.

You can learn more about the event via the website, or the event page below.

 

Release Schedule For The First Half of 2017

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It’s a new year, which means a whole heap of new LEGO sets. Any LEGO fan will already know that while new sets show up online January 1st, they are released to stores in batches. The LEGO Retail catalogue is always how we know what sets are hitting stores when. You can’t view the catalogue online yet but it is available via the LEGO Catalogue app on iOS or Android.

Most of the sets we already knew about but there is a teaser promising Guardians of the Galaxy 2 sets in March.

I’ve gone through the catalogue in detail and added the release month to my database of set information. Below you’ll find a list of just under 150 sets and when you can expect to see them on store shelves. There are a few sets with no images or pricing on the LEGO site so there are a few gaps in the data. I regularly update my set database so as soon as I know those prices I will update accordingly.

For those who can’t see the table below here is a quick guide;

  • Disney Moana – January
  • Friends – January
  • City – January
  • Nexo Knights – January
  • Batman Collectable Minifigures – January
  • Star Wars – January
  • Classic – February
  • Duplo – February
  • Creator – February
  • DC Super Hero Girls – February
  • Ninjago – February
  • The LEGO Batman Movie – February
  • Disney Other – March
  • Elves – March
  • Technic – March
  • DC Comics Super Heroes – March
  • Marvel Super Heroes – March

LEGO Announces Boost – Robotics Fun For Younger Builders

LEGO has used CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas to announce a whole new theme that will bring robotics to younger LEGO Builders. The new theme is essentially LEGO Mindstorms Junior – it uses regular LEGO parts rather than the more complicated Technic elements and programming is done via a tablet app.

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The introduction to the theme is called Creative Toolbox. The set allows you to create 5 different powered models; a moving robot, a multi-function rover, a Guitar shaped musical instrument, a robot cat or an automated LEGO building production line.

All of the models look great and show off the different robotic features the set allows for. Those robotic functions are achieved thanks to the LEGO Move Hub as well as an interactive motor and a color & distance sensor.

The Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light. The Color & Distance Sensor can detect distance, motion and color.

You can  view a gallery of images from the set and read the full press release below. No Australian details at this stage, but as soon as I know more I’ll be sure to share this. Official release date is August 2017.

2016 Year In Review

2016 was a huge year for Bricking Around. In terms of raw numbers there were over 700,000 views from more 200,000 visitors. That is a significant increase over 2015.

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I published over 280 articles during 2016. Across those articles there were 691 comments. That figure doesn’t include any Facebook comments or tweets.

Top Stories

The top individual article was the 2016 Toy Sale deals from Big W. Big W has always been a popular retailer and with a disappointing offering from Target this year it makes sense there was a lot of interest in what Big W were offering.

Second place was actually a 2015 article about LEGO Dimensions PDF instructions; clearly the popularity of the game saw lots of people looking for how to build the expansion packs.

There also seems to be a lot of interest in the Dreamworld LEGO store, with that announcement being the third most read article of the year. There should be plenty of interest when it opens.

Links

The outbound traffic on the site always gives an interesting insight into what people are interested in checking out further.

Unsurprisingly the Australian online LEGO store was the top link; it’s still your only source for a lot of exclusives and their bonus offers can be tempting.

Second place this year was taken by eBay. The combination of retailer offers stacking with eBay offers for impressive discounts explains this one. There was more than one opportunity to get 28% off via eBay in 2016.

Third place was Myer, beating out all of the other retailers.

A year of sales

I’ve done up what I hope is an interesting visual to show just how many sales there were during 2016. This sales heatmap comes from the sales data that was posted here during the year, so it doesn’t include every sale from every retailer as there were possibly some that I missed. You can click on the picture for a larger version.

2016 Sales Heatmap v2

Looking at the diagram shows that despite the big toy sales taking place in July it was April that had the first bulk lot of sales for the year. This year there was also a heap of sales right before Christmas. The sales marked on the image are a mix of selected set and standard percentage off deals.

According to my data there were 18 days in 2016 were there was no LEGO on sale. That number may actually be less as a few of them are in August; not long after my first child was born. It’s certainly possible I was distracted and missed a sale or two. Even still, just 18 days without some sort of LEGO sale. It goes to show that buying LEGO in Australia isn’t all bad.

On to 2017…

I’ve got big plans for 2017. I have been a bit slack in my event coverage, and I’d love to be better at covering these and making sure people get out to see their local shows.

I am also aiming to launch a new “Buy LEGO” page. I don’t want to give away too much just yet but I hope the new page will be a valuable tool for all LEGO buyers.

I also have a few secret projects that may or may not eventuate, so I don’t want to give anything away.

Of course all the regular LEGO coverage you come for will be here.