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LEGO Announces 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

Do you love huge grey triangles? Well I’ve got the set for you.

Announcing 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer

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This 4784 piece UCS set features the Devastator, as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope.

The includes 2 minifigures and a buildable to-scale version of the Tantive IV.

Australian RRP is $1099.99 and you’ll be able to get yours from September 18th.

Read on for the full press release and full image gallery.

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Press Release

75252 Imperial Star Destroyer™
Ages 16+. 4784 pieces

US $699.99 – CA $849.99 – DE €699.99 – UK £649.99 – FR €699.99 – DK 5299DKK –$1099.99 AUD
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Own the ultimate Imperial Star Destroyer!

Build and display an icon of the Galactic Empire – the Devastator. With over 4,700 LEGO® pieces, this Ultimate Collector Series 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer model captures all the authentic details of the starship as it appeared in the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope, including swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts, intricate surface detailing and of course a buildable scale version of the Rebels’ Tantive IV starship to chase down. This galactic civil war UCS set also includes a display stand with informational fact plaque and 2 Imperial minifigures, making it the perfect LEGO Star Wars collectible for discerning fans.

  • Includes Imperial Officer and Imperial Crewmember minifigures.
  • The Devastator Imperial Star Destroyer model features swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts and intricate surface detailing.
  • Also includes an attachable, buildable scale version Tantive IV starship for added Star Wars: A New Hope authenticity.
  • With a display stand with informational fact plaque for the ultimate display piece.
  • Also comes with 2 blaster pistol weapons.
  • This Ultimate Collector Series set has 4,784 pieces.
  • Inspire unforgettable Star Wars: A New Hope moments.
  • The perfect LEGO® Star Wars™ collectible for fans of the Star Wars saga.
  • UCS model on display stand measures over 17” (44cm) high, 43” (110cm) long and 26” (66cm) wide, and over 14” (37cm) high without stand.

Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com from 18th September, 2019

On Sale: 20% Off Star Wars At Myer

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Another Father’s Day related offer, this time from Myer.

Dads love Star Wars right? Good – because that is all that you are getting from Myer this year.

From today (August 20th) until September 1st you can get 20% off LEGO Star Wars products.

You can check out the range for yourself here.

This offer should be online and in-store.

Celebrate Star Wars Day With The World’s Largest LEGO Unboxing

As we all know, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Star Wars, and what better day to celebrate this special anniversary than Star Wars Day – May The 4th?

This year LEGO Australia will be hosting the world’s largest LEGO Star Wars unboxing event at Westfield Chatswood (Anderson Street, Chatswood NSW 2067). The event takes place on May 4th and May 5th.

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In an action-packed weekend, fans will help LEGO’s Certified Professional (and LEGO Masters Judge) Ryan McNaught unwrap and assemble a surprise, super-sized LEGO Star Wars model. Visitors will also get a once in a lifetime chance to meet LEGO Star Wars Creative Director Jens Kronvold Frederikson who’s flying down under from LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark for the occasion.

There will be prizes for best-dressed attendees donning their favourite Star Wars costumes, along with workshops with Jens, Star Wars trivia and the opportunity to see the 501st Legion in the flesh.

WHAT: The World’s Largest LEGO Star Wars Unboxing
WHERE: Westfield Chatswood
WHEN: Saturday May 4th (9am-6pm) & Sunday May 5th (10am-6pm)
COST: FREE
AGES: ALL

You can find more information about the event here.

LEGO Announces 75244 Tantive IV

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is well underway and to celebrate LEGO have today announced 75244 Tantive IV.

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The Tantive IV has the honour of being the first ship ever seen on screen, appearing in the opening scene of A New Hope.

This LEGO recreation features 1768 pieces and 5 minifigures – Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO and a Rebel Fleet Trooper, plus an R2-D2.

The biggest point of contention for fans may be the branding behind this set. It’s not marked as UCS or MBS. It also lacks the 20th anniversary branding. It seems a little odd.

The set will officially be available May 3rd for $329.99.

Check out the full gallery and press release below.

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75244 Tantive IV™
Ages 12+. 1768 pieces

US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE €199.99 – UK £179.99 – FR €219.99 – DK 1799DKK – AUD $329.99
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Own an iconic Rebel blockade runner—Tantive IV!

Build, play and display a legendary Star Wars™ starship! This LEGO® Star Wars 75244 interpretation of Tantive IV, seen fleeing from an Imperial Star Destroyer in the opening moments of Star Wars: A New Hope, faithfully recreates all of the Rebel cruiser’s signature details, including an elongated hull, detachable escape pods, elevating gun turrets, cargo hold and 11 massive engines at the back. Remove the hull plating of this fantastic LEGO Star Wars vehicle to reveal a detailed 2-minifigure cockpit, conference area with table, weapon rack and a control console with 2 seats. The radar dish also doubles as a convenient carry handle, which makes it perfect for flying around the room. When the mission is over, this amazing kids’ buildable toy also makes a great centerpiece for any LEGO Star Wars collection. The set also includes 5 minifigures and an R2-D2 droid LEGO figure.

  • Includes 5 LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures: Bail Organa, Princess Leia, Captain Antilles, C-3PO and a Rebel Fleet Trooper, plus an R2-D2 droid LEGO figure.
  • Tantive IV LEGO® Star Wars™ construction toy features a radar that doubles as a carry handle, 2 detachable escape pods with space for a minifigure inside, opening cargo hold and removable cargo box, opening 2-minifigure cockpit, rotating and elevating stud-shooting turrets on top and 2 spring-loaded shooters underneath. The top hull detaches to reveal a detailed interior including a conference table, weapon rack and a control console with 2 seats for the minifigures.
  • Weapons include a blaster pistol and 3 blasters.
  • Also includes a pair of electrobinoculars.
  • Captain Antilles minifigure is an updated version from 2009, while Princess Leia’s skirt and Bail Organa are new for April 2019.
  • This highly detailed building toy construction set includes over 1,750 pieces.
  • Recreate amazing moments from the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope or play out your own exciting adventures!
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ starship measures over 5” (14cm) high, 24” (62cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide.

LEGO Star Wars Turns 20

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Today marks 20 years since the launch of LEGO’s first ever licensed theme – LEGO Star Wars.

To celebrate this milestone LEGO has released a series of 20th anniversary sets (which we’ve all already seen) and sent through a huge treasure trove of information.

If you want to check out the 20th anniversary sets and where to buy them I have covered that here. But now let’s get on with the nostalgia.

Historical Product Shots & Adverts

Minifigures Through The Years

Prototypes

Fun Facts

Press Release

The greatest battles built since 1999
– celebrating 20 years of LEGO® Star Wars™ fandom

The LEGO Group raises its lightsabers to toast the fans instrumental to the success of the
LEGO® Star Wars™ 20-year legacy and launches five new special edition sets to mark the anniversary.

Billund, April 9: Twenty years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the LEGO® Star Wars™ collaboration entered the lives of millions of children and fans around the world. Today, the LEGO Group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the much-loved range that continues to unite fans of all ages and has inspired some of the greatest battles ever built.

LEGO Star Wars was the LEGO Group’s first IP franchise and has since remained one of the most popular, allowing fans across generations and geographies to come together in fun and challenging building exercises. Around 700 different sets (including 1,000 LEGO Star Wars minifigures), five video games, several television and web series, and an abundance of other fun merchandise have been released since the initial launch.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Creative Director of LEGO Star Wars, said: “LEGO play and Star Wars is a dream collaboration for us, and we feel privileged to have one of the strongest fan communities out there who continue to inspire and challenge us to push the boundaries. This 20-year milestone is really a dedication and testimony to our loyal fans who have built, reimagined, battled and shared their LEGO Star Wars adventures with us for two decades. Twenty years on, the Force is still with us and there’s still so much more to come.”

LEGO Star Wars was first introduced at the International Toy Fair in New York in February 1999 and has been captivating fans ever since. An impressive 13 sets were launched that year, as well as a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid developer kit. Over the years, many crowd pleasers have been released, including the first version of the Chewbacca™ minifigure. This was a triumph in itself because of its challenging design. The design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since.

Derek Stothard, Vice President of Licensing at Lucasfilm said: “Our collaboration with the LEGO Group remains a huge success because it allows people to explore the Star Wars galaxy in a very unique way. Whether you’re meticulously building the Millennium Falcon for a display shelf or reimagining the battles with LEGO Star Wars models, the LEGO Star Wars range allows us to engage with fans of all ages who find the Star Wars galaxy as special as we do.”

Marking the 20th anniversary, the LEGO Group just released five special sets featuring iconic ships and exclusive throwback minifigures in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history. The new sets – which debuted on April 1st – are a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last twenty years, along with a new subtheme: Action Battle. The LEGO System in Play means that Star Wars devotees can build and bring to life some of their most beloved themes and characters – from Wookiees to Ewoks, Princess Leia to Han Solo and more – for even more intergalactic adventures.

As for the scenes and characters that haven’t yet been sent into the LEGO® Star Wars™ galaxy, stay tuned!

Fun facts only the most hardcore LEGO® Star Wars™ fans know:

  • The 1999 Jar Jar Binks minifigure was the first ever to have a unique LEGO® head sculpt
  • Yoda, Boba Fett and Ewoks were some of the first minifigures to receive short legs (2002)
  • Did you know that except for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, clone troopers and battle droids, R2-D2 is the character that appears in most LEGO Star Wars sets
  • The Jedi Bob minifigure appears in just one LEGO® set, the 7163 Republic Gunship from 2002
  • The Darth Vader minifigure has changed many times over the years, but his helmet remained unchanged from 1999-2015
  • The 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon spent a day in a sauna, since it couldn’t fit into the ovens used to quality check a product’s resistance towards sunlight
  • The cockpit windshield element in the 7191 X-Wing Fighter™ is based on a mould for a 4.5-volt battery box from a LEGO train set
  • The 24 minifigures and droids included in the 10188 set enable fans to re-enact almost every single scene taking place on the Death Star™
  • The Zam Wesell minifigure from 7133 Bounty Hunter Pursuit was one of the first minifigures to have double sided face decoration

LEGO® Star Wars™ 20 years of nostalgia in a wrap:

  • 1998: Licensing agreement with Lucasfilm is signed. This licensing agreement is the first of its kind for the LEGO Group
  • February 1999: The launch of LEGO® Star Wars™ is announced at the International Toy Fair in New York by the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm
  • 1999: The first new male hair piece in 20 years is designed for Qui-Gon Jinn
  • 1999: The first specially designed minifigure head is designed for Jar Jar Binks
  • 1999: 13 sets + a LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ Droid Developer Kit were launched
  • 2000: Two more advanced sets – #7181 and #7191 – launch the LEGO® Star Wars™ Ultimate Collectors Series
  • 2000: #7190 included the first version of a Chewbacca™ minifigure. It was a challenging design, until the design team came up with the idea of creating a head with fur covering the back and front of the torso, which has been used in many minifigure designs since
  • 2001: #10018 Darth Maul launches as a set exclusively available on LEGO.com and in LEGO stores – at a whopping 43 centimetres tall!
  • 2002: Ewoks, young Boba Fett and Yoda, included in sets # 7139, 7153 and 7103, are some of the first LEGO minifigures to have short legs
  • 2002: Only 12 elements are required to build the 2002 TIE Fighter™, #3219. The set is among the early LEGO® Star Wars™ Mini Building Sets launched in the beginning of the new millennium
  • 2003: The introduction of more natural skin colours in all licensed products also reach the LEGO® Star Wars™ universe with #10123 Cloud City™ from 2003
  • 2007: #10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT™ launches. The model can move its head and walk – forward and backward
  • 2007: #10179 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches. The biggest LEGO® set … for a while
  • 2011: The UCS Super Star Destroyer 10221 is launched. With a length of 124cm it is the longest LEGO product ever made
  • 2013: The world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, is revealed in New York’s Times Square. The massive replica took 32 master builders, 5.3m LEGO bricks and over 17,000 hours to complete
  • 2014: The trend of constructing tiny, but ever iconic models, re-surfaces with the MICROFIGHTER series. Small enough to fit into a hand – big enough to carry a minifigure
  • 2015: The CCBS platform (Character and Creature Building System) with its large-scale buildable figures infiltrates the LEGO Star Wars portfolio from this year onwards
  • 2017: #75192 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon™ launches – 10 years after its impressive predecessor. It succeeds the previous model by 2344 elements, reaching a total of 7541 pieces
  • 2019: Five special 20th anniversary sets featuring iconic ships with exclusive throwback minifigures launch in tribute of the LEGO Star Wars history – a recreation of some of the most iconic and popular sets from the last 20 years
  • 2019: Star Wars Episode IX… stay tuned to see what this means for LEGO Star Wars!

April’s New Sets & Promotions

This April there are quite a few exciting new product launches.

Star Wars fans will be excited to see the release of the 20th anniversary sets, as well as a few others. With Endgame hitting cinema this month we’ve also got the new Avengers sets released. Last but not least is the release of Steamboat Willie. Interestingly all of these sets are actually Disney sets.

I’ve done a quick look around at pricing for these sets, but if you are interest in the current promotions then you’ll need to go for the LEGO Online option. At the time of publication I can’t find any of these sets on the Big W website. The Amazon pricing is also likely to change.

New Sets

 
Set #
Name
Theme
LEGO
Amazon
Kmart
Target
75243Slave l 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$189.99$169.99$149.00$189.00
75240Major Vonreg's TIE FighterStar Wars$109.99
75241Action Battle Echo Base DefenseStar Wars$99.99$99.99$79.00$99.00
75242Black Ace TIE InterceptorStar Wars$89.99
75259Snowspeeder 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$59.99$49.00$49.00$59.00
75261Clone Scout Walker 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$49.99
75238Action Battle Endor AssaultStar Wars$44.99$44.99$39.00$44.00
75239Action Battle Hoth Generator AttackStar Wars$44.99$44.99$39.00$44.00
75258Anakin's Podracer 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$44.99$39.00$39.00$44.00
75262Imperial Dropship 20th Anniversary EditionStar Wars$34.99
75236Duel on Starkiller BaseStar Wars$29.99$29.99$25.00$28.00
76131Avengers Compound BattleMarvel Super Heroes$169.99$149.99$139.00
76126Avengers Ultimate QuinjetMarvel Super Heroes$139.99$119.99$119.00
76125Iron Man Hall of ArmorMarvel Super Heroes$89.99$77.50$89.00
76124War Machine BusterMarvel Super Heroes$49.99$49.99$49.00
76123Captain America: Outriders AttackMarvel Super Heroes$39.99$39.99$39.00
21317Steamboat WillieIdeas$129.99

LEGO Online Promotions

Free Chicken Skater Pod with purchases over $60

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Free Kessel Mine Worker with Star Wars purchases over $80

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You can find the details of both promotions here.

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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