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.

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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.

Boxing Day 2019 Round-up

Boxing Day isn’t usually the best day for LEGO sales. Retailers generally choose to discount boring stuff like clothes and homewares. They probably figure that with Santa giving out so many toys yesterday that’s not what people are looking to buy. Thankfully there are still some sales.

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Here’s what I’ve found:

Amazon – Various [affiliate links]

  1. Technic, Ninjago & Overwatch
  2. Star Wars & Marvel
  3. DUPLO, Friends, Juniors & Toy Story 4
  4. City & Creator

David Jones – 20% off selected

While DJs usually offers a flat discount on everything this time they are doing 20% off a range of sets.

Myer – 50% off second item [affiliate link]

If you have a few things to get this Myer offer is pretty appealing. Get 50% off your second item when you buy two or more LEGO sets. Standard exclusions seem to apply.

Toys R Us – Selected sets on sale

A range of sets are reduced. No flat percentage off so some stuff will be better value than others.

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish everybody a merry Christmas. I hope your day is filled with joy, laughter and LEGO.

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Let me know in the comments if Santa had some LEGO surprises for you this year.

Here’s hoping for some great Boxing Day sales.

Amazon Has Some Great Hidden Side Prices

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It looks like Amazon is trying to clear their stock of Hidden Side sets, with most around 50% off RRP.

As always Amazon prices fluctuate a bit so be sure you aren’t overpaying when it comes to checkout. Once an Amazon stocked item sells out it will display reseller listings.

You can check out the range here [affiliate link].

Here’s the prices as of 10AM AEST December 19th.

Set #
Name
Price
RRP
RRP Disc
Disc %
70418J.B.'s Ghost Lab$16.50$29.99$13.4945%
70419Wrecked Shrimp Boat$23.00$49.99$26.9954%
70420Graveyard Mystery$23.00$49.99$26.9954%
70421El Fuego's Stunt Truck$32.00$59.99$27.9947%
70422Shrimp Shack Attack$41.00$79.99$38.9949%
70423Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000$53.00$99.99$46.9947%
70424Ghost Train Express$92.29$129.99$37.729%
70425Newbury Haunted High School$99.00$199.99$100.9950%

On Sale: 25% Off At David Jones

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David Jones is getting into the Christmas spirit with a one day sale that you’ll probably want to check out.

For today only (December 13th) you can get 25% off all LEGO.

Certainly worth a look if there is a big exclusive that you’ve been on the fence about.

You can find their LEGO range here.