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LEGO’s latest digital app is now available in Australia. LEGO Life is essentially a safe social network built exclusively for LEGO fans.
The app allows you to share pictures of your own creations, compete in various challenges and follow groups or themes that interest you.
LEGO Life was built from the ground up to be a safe experience for young LEGO fans. For example there is no text commenting, only a specialised LEGO emoji keyboard. There are are also no real names – when you create an account you will get to generate a random name such as CorporalFlyingBenny (that’s mine).
There is also information collated from various LEGO IPs, such as LEGO Star Wars or LEGO Friends videos.
Having briefly poked around in the app this afternoon it looks like it will be a great app for young LEGO fans to enjoy.
After the disappointing 75098 Assault on Hoth set released last year, LEGO Star Wars fans are keen for this years May The 4th release to be something more exciting and I definitely think it is…
Announcing 75144 Snowspeeder
Based on vehicle from the iconic opening battle of The Empire Strikes Back this is a true UCS set – a highly detailed model featuring 1,703 pieces and a display stand with fact plaque.
While Assault on Hoth was a large play set this set is a fantastic display piece that will look great among any Star Wars fan’s collection.
The set will be available to VIPs on April 29th, with general availability on May 4th (Star Wars Day). The information I was sent didn’t include an Australian RRP but I will update as soon as I know. The US price is $199.99, which is likely to equate to $299.99 – $349.99 here.
You can view additional high-resolution images, the press release and designer video below (I’ll update with a YouTube version of the video when it’s available).
This is amazing. I’m usually a pretty positive guy who is fairly generous with superlatives, but calling this amazing is probably an understatement.
LEGO are holding a competition that is only being promoted to LEGO fans through RLUGs or RLFM sites (like this one). The prize is ALL OF THE MODULARS. No, that doesn’t just mean the modulars that are currently available, I mean all of the modulars. It seems that somebody at LEGO has been doing some digging through their secret vaults.
This is the full prize:
- 10230 LEGO Mini Modulars
- 10182 LEGO Café Corner
- 10190 LEGO Market Street
- 10185 LEGO Green Grocer
- 101097 LEGO Fire Brigade
- 10211 LEGO Grand Emporium
- 10218 LEGO Pet Shop
- 10224 LEGO Town Hall
- 10232 Palace Cinema
- 10251 Brick Bank
- 10246 Detective’s Office
- 10243 Parisian Restaurant
- 10255 Assembly Square
Yep – all of that. Two runners up will win a 10255 Assembly Square.
It’s the dream of a lot of LEGO fans to own the full set of modular buildings, and now is your chance to get the older ones new in a box from LEGO directly. Buying all of those sets new in box would cost you thousands.
How do you win? To enter this competition you need to create your own LEGO Mini Modular building. There are some specific specifications that you will need to comply with:
- Your model should be 8 x 8 studs.
- Must include two stud wide footpath/sidewalk.
- The model must feature two “Technic Brick 2×1 with 1 Hole” so that it can connect to other models. These should be positioned 2 studs in from the back and four from the front
- Can be either a straight or corner building.
- There is no restriction on height.
- Should be a similar scale to 10230 LEGO Mini Modulars and not include LEGO Minifigures.
- Do not make a licensed mini modular.
- You can build with real bricks or use LEGO Digital Designer software
- Some photo editing is allowed, for example to replicate a printed brick.
There are a few more rules that you can check on the competition page. There are also some restrictions on who can enter, but none that should affect Australian entrants.
You can submit your entry via the competition page here. Entries close on May 13th 2017 so you’ve got a little bit of time to plan and build something awesome. Good luck everybody.
Here’s that prize list again…
The best thing about becoming an RLFM site is that I get to find out about all sorts of great things for you – the members of the Bricking Around community. This campaign from LEGO is one of those opportunities.
In an effort to spread a little Easter spirit and LEGO love the team responsible for global campaigns are looking for people to participate in this years #LEGOEaster campaign by sharing your amazing pictures online using the #LEGOEaster hashtag.
What’s in it for you? Once you have taken your #LEGOEaster picture and spread it around on social media you can upload it to a special Flickr group. That Flickr upload counts as your entry in an exclusive lucky draw. LEGO will pick 10 raffle winners, each getting a goodie bag with LEGO related Easter awesomeness and a medium sized LEGO set on top.
If you are one of the lucky winners I will need to verify that you are a Bricking Around “member”. The best way to do that is comment with a link to your Flickr photo, or like the Bricking Around page on Facebook.
Here’s more of a breakdown of what to do…
- Take a LEGO Easter related photo.
- Share it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #LEGOEaster
- Upload your photo to the special Flickr group and put your name, Bricking Around and #LEGOEaster in the comments e.g. Michael, Bricking Around #LEGOEaster
This isn’t a building competition – the winner will be randomly selected from the Flickr group. As long as your picture relates to LEGO and Easter you are in with a chance.
I’ve included the information as provided by LEGO below.
It may sound odd but right now there is LEGO on every single continent in the world. While for 6 out of 7 continents that isn’t much of a surprise, you don’t always see LEGO in Antarctica.
The Antarctic LEGO in question is a creation from two talented Australian LEGO Builders.
Tim and his brother Jeremy both exhibit with Rainbow Bricks LUG to raise money for charities and entertain LEGO fans of all ages. This year they had a unique opportunity for one of their creations to be taken to the South Pole to spend the winter there. The brothers only had 2 days notice to design, build, and pack this vehicle to be taken on its epic journey.
The vehicle is a called a Pistenbully and this one features a radar mounted on a tire that hangs out in front of the vehicle. The radar looks down into the snow and checks for giant hidden crevasses that the South Pole vehicles might fall into.
The team at the South Pole have been kind enough to send back some photos of the creation as well as its real world counterpart. The people at the South Pole are locked in for the winter so the MOC won’t return home for another 8 months, but when it does get back it will be displayed at LEGO exhibitions to teach kids about the South Pole.
There are some more details for each photo below.
LEGO have sent out a request for people to complete a brief survey on how sets are packaged.
Packaging may not be the most interesting thing to everybody but I know some people collect boxes.
The survey is also a chance to discuss things like the outer boxes LEGO uses for shipping from their online store.
To celebrate Australia Day LEGO have are running a building competition with some great prizes. They have also released the 21032 Sydney skyline set now instead of March as originally planned.
To enter this competition you’ll need to get your bricks out and build an Australian icon.
There are three great prizes on offer…
First prize: The first prize winner will travel to the opening of the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, where their Australian LEGO build will be featured. They’ll also take home a the Creator Expert Sydney Opera House set and the brand new LEGO Architecture Sydney Skyline.
Second prize: One winner from every state will have their Australian LEGO build featured at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne when it opens, plus win a LEGO Architecture Sydney Skyline set.
Third prize: One runner-up from every state will also win a LEGO Architecture Sydney Skyline set.
To enter you will need to take photos of your creation and have a LEGO ID. You can find the entry form here.
Entries close on Australia Day, so get building before time runs out.
It’s rare to see a sale with a flat discount over 20%, but that’s exactly what Myer are offering today.
For today only (December 17th) Myer are offering 25% off LEGO. It’s too late for online delivery but you should still be able to take advantage of click & collect or head in store.
To take advantage of the offer online enter the code 8DAYSTOGO.
There are a few terms to the offer worth mentioning; Excludes LEGO Minifigures. Limit of 5 per customer for Lego Creator Expert Big Ben 10253 and Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS 42056.
Cannot be used with other offers. Offer ends 11:59pm AEDT Saturday 17 December 2016, unless sold out. Some items previously discounted.
I’ve also seen that some stores do have the new Rogue One sets in stock. Good luck.
LEGO have been busy updating their online store with pages for sets that are being released in January.
After a bit of work I’ve compiled all of that information into an easy to read table with pictures, Australian RRP and a link to each product. There’s over 150 new sets being released.
This information all comes from the online store, and sets are released there before anywhere else. This list doesn’t factor in the staggered retail release that we usually get and it doesn’t account for retailer exclusives. We’ll know more about that when the 2017 retailer catalogue is released.
In the meantime have a look through the list and weep for the future of your bank balances.
If you had plans this weekend you may need to re-evaluate your priorities – the Big W Facebook page has just confirmed 20% off all full priced LEGO
this weekend until November 13th.
This could be the best possible time to pick up a Ghostbusters HQ or the Porsche 911 (which is already cheap at Big W).
The offer is unlikely to apply to anything ‘on sale’ in last week’s catalogue.
20% off isn’t the best offer but Big W does have regular prices lower than RRP, which makes things interesting.
Update: I originally missed that this ran for two weeks. As of 4am AEST prices on the online store are not reduced, I’ll keep an eye on this during the day.
Update 2: Online prices have now been updated. You can view the range here.