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Bricking Around Bushfire Appeal

This summer has seen countless Australians hit by an unimaginable bushfire disaster. Those who have been impacted by this disaster face a long and difficult journey of rebuilding and recovery. To help support those affected I want to raise some funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery Appeal. With a little bit of help I have put together a fantastic LEGO prize pack and for every $1 you contribute to the appeal, you’ll get one entry in the prize draw.

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Here’s the details of what the lucky winner will get:

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How to enter

For every $1 you donate via PayPal you will get 1 entry in the draw. Simply follow this link:

PayPal.me/BACharity

The winner will be contacted via the PayPal account email address, so please ensure you use a PayPal account with an email that you check regularly. Also, please select the Friends & Family option as this will not incur any fees. I have set things up in a way that should avoid any PayPal fees, and I will cover postage to the winner within Australia. This means 100% of the funds will go to the Australian Red Cross. Draw is for Australian residents only. One winner will receive the full prize pack.

Entries now closed. Entries will be collated and a winner drawn soon

Entries close at 11:59 PM AEST on January 31st 2020.

A huge thanks goes to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne for providing some additional prizes.

Thanks also to LEGO’s community engagement team. The Harley Davidson set was originally intended for review, but the team have graciously allowed me to re-purpose this for the appeal.

Merry Christmas From Bricking Around

Merry Christmas everybody. I hope you all have a wonderful day and that you get plenty of LEGO presents under your tree.

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Australians Will Have To Wait A Lot Longer Than Most To See The LEGO Batman Movie

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Graham Burke, the co-CEO of Village Roadshow, is a liar. On September 9th 2014 Mr Burke told the Online Copyright Infringement Forum that holding the LEGO Movie back 54 days was a mistake. He sat on stage and told the gathered representatives (including now PM Malcolm Turnbull) that it wouldn’t happen again. He lied. It’s happening again.

“We made one hell of a mistake with LEGO. It was an Australian film, we financed it together with Warner Brothers. It was made here in Kings Cross, in Australia. Because it was so important, we held it for a holiday period. It was a disaster. It caused it to be pirated very widely. And as a consequence, no more.

Our policy go forward, is that all of our movies will release day and date with the United States”

Just a few years later and here we are. The Australian opening of The LEGO Batman Movie has officially been confirmed for March 30th 2017. That is 48 days after the US opening. That is certainly not day and date with the US.

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Update: After a few people suggested doing so, I’ve created a change.org petition to see if we can make a difference. You can sign the petition here.

Australia’s First LEGO Store Coming To Dreamworld

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For years there has been plenty of healthy debate amongst Australian LEGO fans about whether or not we need/want/would ever get a LEGO Store in Australia. At least part of that debate ends today with news from Dreamworld that they will be the site of Australia’s first Certified LEGO Store.

A Certified LEGO store isn’t quite an official LEGO store, but the differences are mainly administrative. Certified stores feature the same LEGO Store experiences – including the Pick-A-Brick wall – but are operated by a third party.

The Dreamworld store will be 350 square metres of LEGO goodness. If you are worried that the cost of Dreamworld ticket is going to make the whole thing pointless then fear not – the store will be part of a new stand-alone precinct located at the front of the park, with access from outside the park. Dreamworld passholders will get access to exclusive LEGO products and special LEGO events though.

The LEGO store will feature “The Living Room”, an interactive play area and a “brand ribbon” display of fully assembled LEGO models. The LEGO Certified Store will have exclusive sets and regular hands-on activities for children and families to experience the creativity and imagination that goes into LEGO building.

Certified LEGO stores also generally get sets at the same time as their online release, so no more waiting for exclusive sets to show up in stores.

There are likely to be plenty of LEGO fans wishing that the store was coming to a shopping centre closer to them, but a theme park location makes a heap of sense. Dreamworld is a major tourist attraction with a huge number of local, interstate and international visitors each week.

The store will open in November this year. You can read the official press release below.

It’s Tough Being Australian Sometimes

When we posted that the Gingerbread House promotion was live we got a few messages from people asking if there were going to be any other offers. There was a chance that the Australian site just hadn’t updated with all of the offers yet. Surely when they went live on the UK site we’d get them too, right?

LEGO Store Differences

Based on the current status of both sites, it looks like Australia isn’t getting anything others.