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There Are 39 Countries Where You Could See The LEGO Batman Movie This Weekend

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According to the release information on IMDB there are 39 countries where you can see the LEGO Batman Movie this weekend. It’s actually more than that because it lists the UK as combined entry.

Unfortunately Australia is not one of those countries.

While the wonderful people of Kazakhstan sit back and enjoy the film with a nice bucket of buttery popcorn those of us here in Australia will have to wait.

Unfortunately Village Roadshow have decided that there is no possible way Australians would see a “kids” movie any time of the year other than school holidays. It seems that the people at Village Roadshow failed to predict that a massive heatwave would hit the East Coast of Australia and send families hunting for any form air conditioning. It really would be a perfect weekend to take your kids to see a movie. I’ve heard good things about Moana.

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For those readers out there with private jets, here are the details on where you can see The LEGO Batman Movie.

February 8th
Belgium, France, Netherlands

February 9th
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Republic of Macedonia, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Ukraine

February 10th
Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Spain, Finland, UK, Indonesia, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Venezuela

It’s too late to change anything, but if you want to let somebody know you aren’t happy you can find Roadshow Films on twitter at https://twitter.com/RoadshowFilms

Release date information from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284/releaseinfo, but I wouldn’t read too much on that IMDB page as it may contain reviews with spoilers.

Five Years of Friendship

December 2011 saw the LEGO Friends theme announced to the world, with the first sets officially released in January 2012. Today I take a look back at 5 years of LEGO Friends.

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When LEGO Friends was first announced the immediate reaction from a large number of concerned citizens was that these girl LEGO sets were an abomination that enforced outdated gender stereotypes.

The sets were labelled offensive and damaging among other terms. The minidolls were criticised for their slim figures while the sets were judged for their pastel palettes and for being simpler than the boy sets.

Opinions On The New Death Star

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You may not be aware of this, but right now there are images floating around online that claim to be the new 75159 Death Star set. I’m not going to repost the images, but for those interested they can be found on reddit, in various threads.

The images may be fake but they do seem to line up with other reports about the set – 75159 is nearly identical to the most recent Death Star set 10188.

It seems that LEGO and Disney are using the same logic as Emperor Palpatine himself – just build the same thing again.

If you talk to any adult LEGO fan long enough there will always be one set that they wish they’d been able to get, and the conversation often goes to remakes or re-releases. AFOLs seem to be generally in favour of remakes but the online reaction to 75159 has been really negative. Should we be happy that LEGO seem open to reproducing a set, or is this just a lazy cash grab and a bad sign for the future? I think there are a few issues at play here…

The Politics Of Bulk Orders And LEGO Donations

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Like most adults I have my own political opinions. I don’t share those opinions on this site because Bricking Around is a LEGO blog and I consider that to be a subject that can very easily remain apolitical. It appears that The LEGO Group has a similar view on politics, but it’s getting them in trouble.

LEGO has been in the news this week for rejecting a bulk order for artist Ai Weiwei. The bricks were intended to produce artwork for a show in Melbourne. After the order was cancelled the artist took to social media to blast the move as “act of censorship and discrimination.”

A lot of the news seems to be overinflating the issue; LEGO has not forbidden Ai Weiwei from using LEGO products to produce his artwork, nor have they stated any opinion on his political views. They have rejected an order in an effort to remain apolitical. They are well within their rights as a private company to do so. Discounted bulk orders are not a right that is being denied.

I do not want to weigh in on the artist’s work or views other than stating I don’t think LEGO have done the wrong thing. What I do want to address is all those people out there sending Ai Weiwei free LEGO.This story is about a well known artist wanting LEGO for artwork to be shown at the National Gallery of Victoria. If I was in a position to send free LEGO to somebody, that’s not who it would go to.

Christmas is fast approaching and there are kids who aren’t in a position to be finding LEGO under their Christmas tree this year. There are children in homes where they struggle to pay for food. Sending LEGO to Ai Weiwei will help him make his art and you can pay to go see it. Sending LEGO to a disadvantaged child can bring incredible happiness to somebody who may not have had something to smile about for far too long.

Below you’ll find some alternative suggestions for sending LEGO.

Is It Time For Retailers To Limit Quantities During Sales?

In case you didn’t know already the Myer 2015 Toy Sale has kicked off today. It looks like a pretty decent sale, with 20% off all LEGO and a few items with a slightly better percentage discount. The flagship sets are the new Detective’s Office modular building, and the Myer exclusive UCS Slave I. The Myer sale officially runs from June 10th to July 12th 2015, though if you were planning on picking up one of those flagship sets you may already be out of luck. Stock is disappearing fast, and it’s a phenomenon not exclusive to the Myer sale.

Recently LEGO has been more popular than ever. This may still be an after effect from the LEGO Movie, or may just be a general increase in popularity. Regardless of the source – the increased popularity means that there are more people out in the shops looking to save money on LEGO.

“What’s the problem?” you may be thinking. Surely a large company like LEGO can easily meet demand for their products. They’re one of (if not the) largest toy companies in the world. Unfortunately the delicate balance between supply and demand is easily messed with.

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