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Grand Designs Outer Rim – Darth Vader’s Castle [Review]

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Darth Vader was a promising Jedi, when a gymnastics accident left him with third degree burns to 90% of his body and several missing limbs. With the support of his good friend Sheev, Darth Vader endured months of rehabilitation and has quickly made a name for himself in the Galactic Empire. Refusing to let his accident define him, Lord Vader has returned to Mustafar and found a fantastic block of high ground to build his dream home.

It’s fair to say this this was a unique construction project. Lord Vader’s initial brief was just a single word – monolith.

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“I wanted something that was going to stand out on the landscape, something tall. Height was very important to me”

The architects opted for a unique design that uses large triangular panels around a steel and concrete core. This design allowed for the panels to be fabricated off-world and then shuttled in.

Lord Vader was initially sceptical of the design.

“I’m sure the architects dreaded our meetings in those early stages of the process. There was plenty of force choking going on back then.”

It was actually another construction project Lord Vader was working on that helped him come around to the triangles.

“The construction project I’m dealing with at work is a giant sphere, and with so many curves the project is a real pain. Straight sharp lines became a lot more appealing.”

The construction itself was surprisingly quick and without any major complications. Lord Vader puts that down to personally managing the project.

“I found that the tradespeople responded quite well to threats. Early on somebody arrived an hour late so I cut off their hand. There were no further delays.”

Now that Lord Vader is settled in, he’s going to give us a look at how this castle in the lava turned out.

New Promotions Now Active At LEGO Online

We all know how quickly these promotions have been disappearing from Australia’s online store so you may want to get in quickly for these offers.

Free Christmas Carousel with orders over $135

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Go round and round with the buildable Christmas Carousel, featuring a rotating decorated platform with a blue locomotive with two carriages and a buildable Christmas tree. Offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com or telephone orders from 30/11/2018 to 24/12/2018, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $135 in LEGO merchandise only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household.

Free Kessel Mine Worker with Star Wars Orders over $85

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The LEGO® Star Wars™ Kessel Mine Worker minifigure is a great addition to your Star Wars™ collection. It includes a brick-built stand with a nameplate and decorative backdrop. Offer is valid for orders online at shop.LEGO.com or telephone orders from 30/11/2018 to 06/12/2018, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $ 85 in LEGO Star Wars™ merchandise only. Bricks & Pieces orders are not valid for this promotion. One set per household.

Thanks to everybody who let me know about these offers.

Darth Vader’s Castle Unveiled

After all these years your Darth Vader minifigures finally have a place to call home with today’s announcement of 75251 Darth Vader’s Castle.

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First seen in Rogue One, Darth Vader’s Castle is located on the planet Mustafar. The LEGO version includes brick-built lava, an underground hangar and a Sith shrine. The hangar includes a TIE Advanced Fighter model that can fit the Darth Vader minifigure. Also included in the castle is a bacta tank, meditation chamber, and a meeting platform at the top.

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The set features two versions of Darth Vader, one classic and a bacta tank version. Also included are 2 Royal Guards and an Imperial Transport Pilot.

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The set will cost us $199.99 here in Australia. It is available for pre-order now and ships December 1st. View the product page here.

You can check out the full gallery of pics below.

Free Mud Trooper Han Solo Now Available

A new month often means a new promotion on the Australian online LEGO store, and this one is likely to be popular with those of you who enjoyed the Han Solo movie.

Free Mud Trooper Han Solo with Star Wars orders over $45

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With the lower shipping threshold it’s more tempting than ever to take advantage of these offers. If you are looking for something to buy to get you over the threshold here are a few sets you might want to consider.

Porg 75230 - New for October.
X-Wing Starfighter 75218 - LEGO are offering double VIP points on this set at the moment.
Yoda’s Hut 75208 - Another set LEGO are offering double VIP points on.
Betrayal at Cloud City 75222 - Now available to non-VIP customers.

You can learn more about the promotion here.
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What’s In A Name? UCS vs MBS

I think it’s fair to say that 75098 Assault on Hoth was not well received by the AFOL community. For many it was a set that did not deserve the Ultimate Collectors Series badge – something that LEGO themselves now seem to be conceding.

When 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City was announced I mistakenly called it “the next UCS” set. It turns out that it’s not. 75222 is actually a Master Builder Series set.

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So what is the actual distinction between an Ultimate Collector Series set and a Master Builder Series set? It’s actually fairly obvious. Here’s the official statement from LEGO…

The Master Builder Series models are large playsets and beside being complex builds they are characterized by having many play features and functions, interior details as well as a range of minifigures. Ultimate Collectors series will remain highly detailed display models providing complex builds with a focus on authenticity and both Ultimate Collectors Series and Master Builder Series will continue as a way to highlight the unique characteristic of each style of model.

This likely means that in the future large LEGO Star Wars releases will fall in to one of two categories – UCS or MBS. As an AFOL I appreciate the UCS sets more than the Master Builder sets but I like that they are offering something for those fans who are more experienced builders but still like to recreate scenes from their favourite films.

What about Assault on Hoth? It’s clearly marked as a UCS set.

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This certainly raises a bit of a dilemma for UCS completionists – The set clearly fits better in the Master Builder Series range, but as the catalyst for that range’s creation it was released before that distinction was made. Do you still consider Assault on Hoth a UCS set?

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.

The Next Star Wars UCS Set Is 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

Some of the most iconic moments in the original Star Wars trilogy all took place in The Empire Strikes Back, specifically in Cloud City.

75222 Betrayal at Cloud City captures several iconic scenes in a huge diorama, split into 4 distinct sections. Scenes included are; the galaxy’s most interesting dinner party, where the heroes discover Darth Vader waiting for them; Han Solo being frozen in Carbonite, uttering that classic “I know” line; the showdown between Luke and Vader, where Luke learns the truth about his dad.

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Overall I think LEGO have done a great job of capturing some classic moments with the 2812 pieces included in the set.

Included in the set is a whopping 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid.’

You’ll also get small scale version of Slave I and a Twin-Pod Cloud Car.

Check out the full gallery and press release below. Australian RRP is $499.99. The set will be available to VIPs on September 13th and everybody else October 1st.

On Sale: 20% Off Star Wars LEGO At Amazon Australia

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There was a lot of excitement when Amazon launched in Australia but since then things haven’t actually been that exciting. This new offer is probably the first time we’ve seen a sale that competes with the local bricks and mortar stores.

To celebrate Star Wars day Amazon AU are offering 20% off all LEGO Star Wars sets from today until 11:59 PM (AEDT) on May 9th.

This offer is only valid on items that are being sold by Amazon themselves. It won’t apply to third party sellers using the Amazon platform. This link should have all of the relevant listings.

There are also two sets that have deeper discounts;

Both of those are great prices.

Thanks to Wade for the information.

Free Darth Vader Pod Now Available

The new sets from Solo are officially available from today. Getting them from LEGO Online isn’t going to be the most cost effective option but if were considering it then you might be interested to learn about this new promotion.

Spend over $100 on LEGO Star Wars and receive this free Darth Vader Pod

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This offer runs from 13th April to 3rd May 2018, or while stocks last. Unfortunately that means it won’t still be available on Star Wars Day. Hopefully there is another great promotion running then.

More information about this promotion can be found here.
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Introducing The Newest Star Wars UCS Set 75181 Y-Wing Starfighter

LEGO have just revealed details of the next Star Wars UCS set – a brand new Y-Wing.

Here are the official details of 75181 Y-Wing Starfighter

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The set features 1966 pieces, a single minifigure and astromech droid.

I’m not the biggest fan of the Y-Wing but the level of detail looks impressive.

The Australian product page lists this as $299.99 and available for everybody May 4th.

You can see more images and set details below.