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Old Trafford – VIP Release, Bonuses and Other Options

The new Creator Expert Old Trafford set is now officially available but there are actually a few different options if you are keen on this one.

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The first option is to get this set from LEGO.com – assuming you are a VIP. If you get in quick you will also get the bonus United Trinity statue set. You’ll also qualify for the Year of The Rat promo.

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You can get yours here. [affiliate link]

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – Pre-order

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne are currently taking pre-orders for the set, with it officially available from February 1st. The first 50 people to pre-order between January 16-21 will get the United Trinity set as well as a Manchester United soccer ball as bonuses.

LEGO Certified Stores

The various LEGO Certified Stores (excluding Dreamworld) will are taking pre-orders from today until January 31st for pick-up on February 1st. They have the United Trinity set included with their offer.

Dreamworld LEGO Certified Store

The Dreamworld store is also taking pre-orders for this set from today until January 31st. You’ll also get the United Trinity set as part of your purchase. The set will be available to pick up on February 1st.

LEGO’s Black Friday Sale Is Live And Actually Pretty Good

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I wasn’t expecting much from LEGO’s online Black Friday sale but I’m happy to be wrong. There are a range of sets included in the 30% off sale include the Disney Train and Station. Yes that’s right the recently announced set that might not ever make it to general retail is included in the 30% off sale. Get yours here.

The Vestas Wind Turbine is also 30% off.

You can check out the rest of the sale sets here.

Don’t forget that the Batmobile with mini Batmobile is now available too.

You’ll also get the Christmas Tree bonus if you buy today.

This article features affiliate links.

LEGO Buys BrickLink

This is huge news. The sort of thing that I’d use for an April Fools post. Except this is real.

Today LEGO have announced that they have acquired BrickLink.

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This is new information and there is going to be a lot to digest but here’s the official announcement:

Acquisition will strengthen the LEGO® Group’s engagement with its growing community of adult fans.

BILLUND, Denmark, November 26, 2019: The LEGO® Group today announced it has acquired BrickLink Ltd (www.bricklink.com), the world’s largest online community of adult LEGO fans from NXMH to strengthen its connection with its important adult fan base.

The BrickLink platform has more than one million members and comprises an online marketplace of more than 10,000 stores from 70 countries; a digital building software where builders can design and showcase their creations; and a vibrant online community where fans share ideas and builds.

The platform was founded in 2000 by Dan Jezek as a way to connect like-minded adult LEGO fans from around the world. It was acquired in 2013 by NXMH, which is owned by Korean entrepreneur Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim. BrickLink is headquartered in Irvine, California.

The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B Christiansen said: “Our adult fans are extremely important to us. They are passionate, committed and endlessly creative. We have worked closely with the community for many years and look forward to deepening our collaboration. We plan to continue to support BrickLink’s active marketplace and evolve the digital studio which allows our talented fans to take their creativity to the next level.”

Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim, owner of NXMH, said: “It has been a privilege to lead the transformation of BrickLink during the past six years. I am grateful to the community for being so welcoming, supportive and constructive. I am constantly amazed by everyone’s endless creativity and their love for building. I am confident the platform will be in good hands with the LEGO Group. As a fan myself, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

The LEGO Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, Julia Goldin, said: “BrickLink provides the LEGO Group with a unique opportunity to connect with adult fans through new channels and exciting experiences. We’ve recently collaborated with BrickLink on a range of crowd-sourced sets to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the brick. We learned a lot and are keen to explore more ways of working together to create value. We look forward to collaborating further with our adult fans, while retaining and nurturing the independent spirit of the digital platform.”

The acquisition also includes Sohobricks which makes small batches of building elements.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Closing is expected to occur before the end of 2019.

Free LEGO Lunchbox With Orders Over $249

So you’ve got your LEGO bag and your LEGO picnic rug but what are you meant to put your sandwiches in so they don’t get squished on the way to the park? Don’t worry – LEGO has you covered with their latest promotion.

Spend over $249 (not a typo) on LEGO products between September 9th and September 23rd and you’ll get this vintage metal lunchbox added to your order.

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You can find more details on the LEGO.com promotions page. [Affiliate link]

Here are the terms of the offer: Free LEGO® Lunch Box (5006017) offer is valid on LEGO.com only, 09/09/2019 to 23/09/2019, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $249 AUD/NZD in merchandise only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household. Cannot be applied to previous purchases. If the qualifying LEGO purchase(s) is returned to us for a refund, the gift must also be returned to us together with the qualifying LEGO purchase(s). It cannot be purchased, exchanged or substituted for any other item or cash value. Offer is not valid at LEGO Stores, LEGO Catalogue telephone orders, LEGOLAND® Parks, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres or LEGO Certified Stores. The LEGO Group reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time without prior notice.

June 2019 Price Guide

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June is always a bit of a tricky time to be a LEGO fan. We know that there are a whole heap of new sets hitting shelves but we also know that there are going to be a range of sales around the corner.

Do you wait and see what the sales are like or do you get in now in case stock runs out.

If you want some data to help you make that call I’ve done a round-up of all prices I could find for the June 2019 retail releases. These are the sets that LEGO have told me will be available now.

Big W are being a bit slack in getting these listed but that’s probably a sale thing. Kmart prices seem to be the best but they probably aren’t going lower as Kmart doesn’t really do toy sales.

You can check out the list below.

 
Set #
Theme
Name
RRP
Kmart
Big W
Target
Amazon
10889DuploMickey's Vacation House$79.99---$77.00
10904DuploBaby Animals$12.99$10.00-$12.00$12.99
10906DuploTropical Island$99.99$79.00-$89.00$99.99
10907DuploWorld Animals$169.99--$149.00$151.65
11004ClassicWindows of Creativity$39.99$35.00-$34.00$34.00
31095CreatorFairground Carousel$79.99$59.00-$79.00$79.99
31096CreatorTwin-Rotor Helicopter$79.99$59.00-$69.00$58.40
31097CreatorTownhouse Pet Shop & Café$129.99$99.00-$119.00$99.00
41337FriendsUnderwater Loop$44.99$35.00-$39.00$35.00
41362FriendsHeartlake City Supermarket$44.99$32.00$38.00$39.00$39.00
41371FriendsMia's Horse Trailer$44.99$32.00$38.00$39.00$44.99
41372FriendsStephanie's Gymnastics Show$44.99$32.00-$39.00$44.99
41373FriendsFunny Octopus Ride$69.99$54.00$59.00$59.00$63.00
41374FriendsAndrea's Pool Party$79.99$59.00$68.00$69.00$72.00
41375FriendsHeartlake City Amusement Pier$199.99$159.00$169.00$169.00$169.00
41376FriendsTurtles Rescue Mission$29.99$20.00$25.00$28.00$27.00
41378FriendsDolphins Rescue Mission$69.99$54.00$59.00$59.00$59.00
41379FriendsHeartlake City Restaurant$79.99$79.00-$79.00$75.94
41380FriendsLighthouse Rescue Center$79.99$59.00$68.00$69.00$72.00
41381FriendsRescue Mission Boat$159.99$129.00$129.00$129.00$144.00
75945Harry PotterExpecto Patronum$29.99$25.00-$28.00$27.00
75946Harry PotterHungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge$49.99$45.00-$49.00$45.00
75947Harry PotterHagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue$99.99$88.00-$89.00$89.00
75948Harry PotterHogwarts™ Clock Tower$139.99$119.00-$139.00$119.00
75957Harry PotterThe Knight Bus™$69.99$49.00-$69.00$63.00
76128Marvel Super HeroesMolten Man Battle$49.99$45.00$49.00$45.00
76129Marvel Super HeroesHydro-Man Attack$69.99$59.00-$69.00$67.08
76130Marvel Super HeroesStark Jet and the Drone Attack$89.99$79.00-$89.00$81.00

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 Teases James Bond Aston Martin Set

LEGO has been sending out a lot of not particularly subtle teasers for a new set.

Here’s what we know – It’s a James Bond themed Aston Martin DB5 Creator Expert set (a Facebook post from the Budapest LEGO Certified Store revealed it was a DB5).

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We don’t yet know what it is going go look like, how many parts it will have, how much it will cost or when it comes out. The teasers seem to be ramping up so hopefully information will be released soon.

Are you keen for this set? Personally, I am not really a car person or a huge Bond fan. The set still has the potential to be a great model though.

Amazon Actually Has Some Good LEGO Prices

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I was telling a friend earlier today about the Target 20% off sale on Jurassic World and he said that most of the Jurassic World sets were actually cheaper at Amazon.

I decided to check it out and sure enough he was right. Even with the current 20% off sale almost all of the sets are cheaper at Amazon.

It’s possible that they have adjusted their prices in response to the Big W 25% off this week, but it could also hopefully be a sign that Amazon wants to be aggressive on LEGO pricing.

You can check out the Jurassic World range for yourself here.

Looking through the rest of their listings and there are certainly a few things that jump out as being discounted. Nothing crazy but certainly competitive (see a list of examples below). Perhaps Amazon Australia is becoming a site worth checking when doing your LEGO shopping?

Police Charge Two People Over LEGO Theft

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The continued popularity of LEGO has unfortunately made it a popular product for criminals looking to make a quick buck. It’s one of the reasons that so many sets now have boxes damaged by security wire. LEGO thieves are literally ruining it for the rest of us.

Over the weekend NSW police raided the house of two people in Vineyard and successfully recovered an assortment of LEGO sets that were reported missing from retailers near Botany Bay. A 28 year old woman has been charged with four counts of larceny and a 48 year old man has been charged with another three counts of stealing.

According to NSW Police the sets were still in new condition, so it seems unlikely these were LEGO fans in desperate need of parts for a MOC.

The pair have been released on bail until their next court appearance later this month.

Via http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/two-people-charged-over-47-boxes-of-missing-lego-20180204-h0tbdu.html

LEGO Responds To Questions About Detailed Faces In The Latest Modular

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One thing most people immediately noticed with the announcement of the Downtown Diner modular was that the classic smiley minifigures of modulars past were replaced with detailed face prints for the first time.

I ran a poll on the Bricking Around Facebook page asking which option you prefered and 70% opted for the detailed face printing option, which means 30% want to stick with the classic smiles.

Now LEGO has issued a statement regarding the change and what it means for the modulars going forward.

Over the past 10 years our modular buildings have evolved in many ways.  We’ve added more interior details, more story-telling and more emotional triggers such as unique decorations on windows & Minifigure torsos.  We now feel the time is right to bring the Minifigure expression in line with all the amazing details now offered throughout our models.  We have always loved the classic smiley face for its versatility and nostalgia value, but are now excited to explore the new possibilities expressive faces will offer us.

Essentially it comes down to wanting to better tell the story they are trying to tell with the set.

Are you happy with the change or still annoyed about it?