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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?

LEGO Launches New Augmented Reality App

Earlier today I watched an animated Lloyd fly a LEGO dragon around my workplace, shooting fireballs at the printer. This is the kind of fun you can have with the new LEGO AR Studio app, now available in the iOS app store.

The LEGO AR Studio uses your phone’s camera and sensors to place 3D LEGO sets in the real world. It’s kind of like Pokemon Go, but instead of Pokemon it features a selection of LEGO sets.

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The initial selection of sets is fairly limited, but there are still some fun options. The current range includes LEGO City Police Station 60047, LEGO City Train Set 60052, LEGO City Fire Station 60110, LEGO Ninjago The Green NRG Dragon 70593, LEGO Ninjago Movie – Cole’s Mech 70632 and LEGO Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty 70618.

I had the Destiny’s Bounty sailing around the floor, complete with water effect.

The app is easy to use – it’s designed for younger LEGO fans after all. Upon opening you select a flat surface as your play area. It can be a little tricky to get the app to find the surface you want to use. Once the surface is mapped you can then start adding sets to the area. The sets feature various animated or interactive elements (such as making the dragon breathe fire).

The 3D models are very accurate to the sets and you can get up really close by moving your phone closer to where the set was placed.

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For an extra level of playability the models also feature hidden Golden Bricks. There are 12 to collect currently. Also present in the app are buttons to capture photos and videos of your action.

The app is available on the following iOS 11 devices: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and later, iPad (2017), iPad Pro (1st Generation and later). Unfortunately being an AR app not every device can run it.

Via https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2017/december/lego-ar-studio/

Win A Platinum LEGO R2-D2 Figurine

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An interesting new competition, with a really cool prize, has just popped up on the LEGO site.

LEGO are giving away two Platinum LEGO R2-D2 figurines and all you need to do is provide your email address, date of birth and country. There is no purchase necessary to enter this draw.

There will be two grand prize winners who will each receive a LEGO® Star Wars™ R2-D2™ Figurine made of platinum, presented with certificate of authenticity in a custom display case. This isn’t just a regular LEGO R2-D2 with a coating. The approximate retail value of each prize is £2,500 (over $4000 AU).

Odds of winning are going to be incredibly slim, but the prize is something that there are literally only two of in the whole world.

You can find the entry form and all of the terms and conditions here: https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/R2D2Contest

LEGO Giveaway Suggestions – Help Pick The Top 5 Ideas

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All the way back on October 3rd I posted a form for you to enter your suggestions for possible LEGO giveaways.

I have collated all of the different answers and created one final list. You can now help select the final top 5 suggestions that will be passed on to LEGO.

This poll is open until October 30th so that I can get LEGO the results before November 1st.

There are quite a few different suggestions to look at, so I have included a link rather than embedding the form. You can find the survey here.

LEGO Looking For Giveaway Suggestions

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Everybody knows that LEGO regularly have giveaways on their online store. These bonuses help tempt people to buy at RRP from the official online store. There have been some great giveaways in the past, and there have been some less great ones too.

Now LEGO is directly reaching out to the adult LEGO fan community for suggestions on future giveaways. They have asked partners like this site to find out what people want in a giveaway. I’ll collect your suggestions and then pass on the top 5. Enter your suggestion in the form below and then I will provide a poll to help finalise the top 5.

I’ll be taking suggestions until October 24th, and then from then until October 30th I will feature a poll of your suggestions.

Your suggestion can be anything that LEGO might produce – that mean no new IP and no suggestions that violate LEGO’s rules (drugs, nudity, war etc). More detail is available at the end of the article if you are still unsure.

LEGO Giving Away SDCC Exclusives On Twitter

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Every year there is a fierce debate about the exclusives given away by LEGO at San Diego Comic-Con, but regardless of what any of us fans in Australia think the give away is happening again with some interesting items.

There is the strange Deadpool Duck minifigure, the Vixen minifigure from Legends of Tomorrow and two different pairs of BrickHeadz (Supergirl & Martian Manhunter, Spiderman and Venom). I’ve include pictures of those at the end of the article.

If, like me, you aren’t attending the event you may be interested to know that LEGO seem to be running the usual Twitter promotion to give away some of these exclusives. Now would be a great time to join Twitter if you haven’t already.

The first competition is already live, and more are likely to appear over the next few days. Entry is as simple as retweeting a specific tweet. I’ve embedded that first one below.

Competition: Polybag Giveaway

Woolworths stores are currently stocking a range of polybags but they seem to be a bit hard to track down.

To help out a little I didn’t just get myself two polybags from my local store – I got 4 so that I could share the polybag fun with you all. There are two polybags on offer – one 30400 Gymnastics Bar and one 30426 Stealthy Swamp Airboat set.

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The first name drawn will get first pick, and the second name drawn will receive the other set.

How do you enter? Rather than just entering your name, I’ve decided for this competition you’ll have to do a little work. I have reviewed both of the polybags on offer. Read each review and then answer two questions to go in the draw.

Review: 30426 Stealthy Swamp Airboat

I am not the biggest Ninjago fan but while looking at the available polybags at my local Woolworths, this set caught my eye.

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This 2017 polybag set contains 40 parts and a single minifigure.

The set includes a Cole minifigure, as he appears in the 2017 lineup. His torso is dark bluish grey with extensive black and brown printing on the front and rear. The print is quite detailed and features a robe and rope pattern. This pattern continues on to the legs which have front printing. The arms provide a nice contrast in black.

On Sale: 25% Off At Myer

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I do love a mysterious sale and this offer from Myer is a bit lacking in detail. What I do know is that they are currently offering 25% off their range of LEGO sets.

This is specifically listed as an online only offer, but there are no details (that I can find) on when the sale ends.

You can view their full online LEGO listing here.

There also appear to be some coupon codes that you can try with your order:

  • ANNIVERSARY10 – $10 off when you spend $60 or more
  • ANNIVERSARY15 – $15 off when you spend $80 or more
  • ANNIVERSARY20 – $20 off when you spend $100 or more

Obviously use the code that is most relevant to your order.

The reduced prices are also showing in the Myer eBay store. The eBay code C5OZ should get you an extra 5% off.

View the Myer eBay range here.