On Sale: 20% Off At David Jones

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Finally – a sale!

David Jones is looking to help out with your weekend shopping with a nice flat 20% off all full priced toys, obviously including LEGO.

The sale is active now (February 20th) and runs until Sunday February 23rd.

You can check out the David Jones LEGO range here.

Thanks to Nichole for the heads up.

Catching Up

As you may have noticed there haven’t been a lot of updates happening on the site for a while. Due to some personal circumstances I have taken a bit of time off but I am planning to get back in to things. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff that’s happening in the LEGO world that you may have missed.

TOLL Gets Hacked

LEGO’s Australian shipping partner TOLL has suffered a major hack which caused all sorts of drama for LEGO shipments. I am honestly not even sure if they are fully back up and running.

LEGO International Space Station Now Available

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This great LEGO Ideas set is now available to purchase [affiliate link]. Who has already got one?

Where Are The Sales?

I haven’t been following it as closely as usual but there doesn’t seem to have been any great sales happening lately? It’s not a huge shock for this time of the year but a little something would have been good.

Easter Promo Is Now Live

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The LEGO store Easter promotion is now live. Spend $99 or more and get a free Chicken Skater Pod. It’s a pretty cute little set. More details here [affiliate link].

Two More LEGO Ideas Sets Pass Review

LEGO Ideas has been on a roll lately with some of the best sets. Two more will be hitting shelves some time in the future – Medieval Blacksmith and Winnie The Pooh. I am particularly keen to see the Blacksmith.

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Bricking Around Bushfire Appeal Update

I just want to start by saying that the Bricking Around community is absolutely amazing. You all dug deep and together raised $3286.48.

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For each dollar donated the donor received one entry in the prize draw. A winning number was randomly selected and the prize pack will soon be on its way to Ben G.

Earlier today I made the donation to the Red Cross. The total donation was $3286, as I could only enter whole dollars. The other $0.48 will be kept in the PayPal balance for any future charity events.

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Thanks again to everybody who contributed.

LEGO Announces 21321 International Space Station

Do you remember when LEGO Ideas had a fan vote for a favourite model, and the International Space Station won? Well here is the final model that you’ll be able to buy.

Introducing 21321 International Space Station

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This LEGO Ideas set contains 864 pieces but they make a surprisingly large footprint. The set includes a stand, 2 astronaut microfigures, a brick-built mini NASA space shuttle and 3 mini cargo spacecrafts.

You will be able to yours from February 1st for $99.99

More images and the official set description below.

Bricking Around Bushfire Appeal

This summer has seen countless Australians hit by an unimaginable bushfire disaster. Those who have been impacted by this disaster face a long and difficult journey of rebuilding and recovery. To help support those affected I want to raise some funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery Appeal. With a little bit of help I have put together a fantastic LEGO prize pack and for every $1 you contribute to the appeal, you’ll get one entry in the prize draw.

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Here’s the details of what the lucky winner will get:

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How to enter

For every $1 you donate via PayPal you will get 1 entry in the draw. Simply follow this link:

PayPal.me/BACharity

The winner will be contacted via the PayPal account email address, so please ensure you use a PayPal account with an email that you check regularly. Also, please select the Friends & Family option as this will not incur any fees. I have set things up in a way that should avoid any PayPal fees, and I will cover postage to the winner within Australia. This means 100% of the funds will go to the Australian Red Cross. Draw is for Australian residents only. One winner will receive the full prize pack.

Entries now closed. Entries will be collated and a winner drawn soon

Entries close at 11:59 PM AEST on January 31st 2020.

A huge thanks goes to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne for providing some additional prizes.

Thanks also to LEGO’s community engagement team. The Harley Davidson set was originally intended for review, but the team have graciously allowed me to re-purpose this for the appeal.

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.

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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 Announces 10272 Old Trafford

This is a bit of a weird one. LEGO has today announced a surprise new Creator Expert set, but there’s a high probability it’s going to be divisive…

Introducing 10272 Old Trafford

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This mammoth tribute to Manchester United comes in at a whopping 3898 pieces. The finished model measures 18.5cm high, 47cm long and 39cm wide.

Available January 16th for $449.99

Check out the product description and additional images below. Let me know in the comments if this is one you’ll be getting.

2019 Had Some Weird Play Experiences

As we ease in to 2020 let’s have a look back at some of the weird stuff from 2019.

Throw your LEGO off stuff, it’ll be fun!

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  2019 was the year that LEGO encouraged fans to drop their LEGO off a high place with the Sky Police sub-theme and it’s new parachute element. The three part parachute features a circle of lightweight material with two sets of plastic straps. Finally LEGO has stepped up to the plate to take on those cheap plastic parachute people you find in Christmas crackers. I didn’t expect this to be as fun as it is but the parachute is actually pretty cool. I’m surprised I haven’t seen it pop up in more MOCs.

Just add water!

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Emma’s Art Studio features some lovely pastel colours but it also has a weird play feature with the included canvas. What looks like a blank piece of blue material is transformed with a liberal application of water. As the water soaks in you’ll see a paw print pattern suddenly appear on the fabric. It’s a bit strange to see the LEGO box instruct you to get your LEGO set wet.

Shoot the fire!

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Another weird one from the LEGO City theme. This time it’s the fire sub-theme. Several of these sets came with an interesting inclusion – a rubber bulb attached to a tube. Squeeze the bulb and blue elements representing water shoot out. This is actually a feature that worked quite well. It also had a distinct advantage over standard stud shooters in that it was a self-contained unit and doesn’t spread 1×1 rounds all over your house.

There’s an app for that!

LEGO has had several attempts of mixing real building and digital play. In 2013 they released Life of George. In 2014 they released LEGO fusion. Neither made their way to Australia. Well LEGO’s latest attempt was the Hidden Side theme which stepped up the Augmented Reality concept to another level thanks to advances in technology and smartphone cameras. These sets allow you to overlay a digital world over your physical builds. Judging by the deep discounts on these sets Australia wide, I don’t think it’s been a hit. I’ll be having a dig into that a bit more in a separate article.

What other weird play features did you come across in 2019?

Several sets mentioned in this article were provided to me by LEGO at my request. Opinions expressed are my own.

On Sale: 30% Off LEGO At Myer

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Rather than giving our bank accounts a reprieve after Black Friday and Christmas, Myer has today launched a really tempting offer.

From today (January 2nd) until January 5th you can get 30% off the majority of Myer’s LEGO range. The offer as expected excludes Creator Expert and LEGO Ideas.

The Chinese New Year Temple Fair is almost a must buy at 30% off. [affiliate link]

You can find the full Myer LEGO range here. [affiliate link]

Thanks to everybody who let me know about this.

Here Are All The New Releases For January 2020

It’s a new year, which means a whole heap of new LEGO sets are now available. What better way to start the year than by spending a heap of money on LEGO?

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It will probably take a little while for these sets to filter through to stores but the list below will give you the official RRP of everything. Hopefully the catalogue will be available too, so that we know the release schedule.

Anything you are planning to get day one? Let me know in the comments.