10275 Elf Club House Review

LEGO is an organisation that from time to time lends their support to certain social issues. Finally in 2020 The LEGO Group is tackling an issue that far too many people overlook – the appalling treatment of Christmas Elves.

You may be thinking “But Michael, the Elf Club House is just a fun Christmas set!” Wrong. It is a wake-up call showing us all the horrors faced by Santa’s indentured servants.

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Let’s start with the simple fact that this set is meant to represent a “Club House” for the Elves. To me, a club house suggest something social, a place where you can unwind. Right? Why then is there so much emphasis on work related activities?

New LEGO Mario adventures coming in 2021

Today LEGO has officially revealed details of the second wave of LEGO Mario sets, to be released on January 1st 2021. These new sets expand the adventures that you can have with your existing LEGO Mario sets.

The flagship of the new range is the Master Your Adventure Maker Set which allows you to customise certain bricks, and features a new start pipe that mixes up the rules for LEGO Mario.

Here are the details of the line-up…

71380 Master Your Adventure Maker Set (366 Pieces) $89.99

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71381 Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter Expansion Set (160 Pieces) $39.99

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71382 Piranha Plant Puzzling Challenge Expansion Set (267 Pieces) $49.99

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71383 Wiggler’s Poison Swamp Expansion Set (374 Pieces) $59.99

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71384 Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack (18 Pieces) $12.99

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71385 Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack (13 Pieces) $12.99

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71386 Character Packs – Series 2 $5.99

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Here’s a gallery with additional images for each set

You can check out the official press release details below.

Review: 40410 Charles Dickens Tribute

Name a more iconic Christmas story than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The Nativity? They didn’t make a Muppets version of the nativity did they? Exactly.

Be warned that this post will contain spoilers for A Christmas Carol. But it was first published in December 1843 so honestly you have had more than enough time to read it. There have also been countless adaptations, including a 1998 primary school production where I played the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

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I think you’d have to actually go out of your way to avoid knowing the story. If you somehow haven’t read it then you can find it pretty cheaply, or free ebook versions.

Here’s a quick summary – rich jerk Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After seeing what the ghosts have to show him he becomes less of a jerk.

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10274 Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Now Available

Got some LEGO ghosts to deal with? Well then you’ll want to head over to the LEGO website and order your ECTO-1.

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The set is now available, but it probably won’t last long.

Get yours here. [affiliate link]

Welcome to the LEGO Roman Colosseum

Today LEGO is officially announcing something big. Something very big.

10276 Colosseum – $749.99, Available November 27th

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Did I mention this one was big? Coming in at 9036 pieces this is now the biggest LEGO set ever. It’s going to take you a while to build.

Celebrate one of the most iconic wonders of the world and the setting for the 2000 Russell Crowe film Gladiator.

To be honest this one is probably not something that I will be picking up. But I’d love to know what you all think of it.

Check out the press release and additional images below.

Spend & Save at Big W

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Got your eye on something at Big W? Well then you’ll want to know about this deal.

From now until November 12th you can save a little bit of money on your order. The discount will depend on how much you are spending.

Save $10 when you spend $100, or save $25 when you spend $200. Note that this isn’t a percentage based discount. Spend $198 and you are only going to get the $10 discount.

Head on over to Big W now to take advantage of the offer.

Click Frenzy means slightly cheaper pants!

If you had told me 12 months ago how often I would be posting about pants I’d have called you insane and yet here we are.

As part of Click Frenzy Levi’s are offering 30% off most of their range. That also happens to include the LEGO Group X Levis products. Well, the ones that are still available that is.

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There are the Jeans, two different sweatshirt options, a t-shirt and the denim jacket. It looks like the accessories are out of stock. I probably would have got a beanie for 30% off.

If you are interested in getting some slightly cheaper but still expensive LEGO clothing then you can find them all here.

On Sale: Selected sets reduced at Myer

Myer is having a little bit of a sale at the moment. I say little because it’s only a few items. Also a lot of this is stuff they exclude from all of their other sales and the discounts are less than 20% off. Overall it’s a bit underwhelming.

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Anyway, here’s the details…

Set
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Sale
Discount %
Stormtrooper Helmet 75276$89.99$79.0012%
Boba Fett Helmet 75277$89.99$79.0012%
TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet 75274$89.99$79.0012%
Corner Garage 10264$299.99$249.0017%
Fiat 500 10271$139.99$99.0029%
Land Rover Defender 42110$329.99$299.009%
Pirates of Barracuda Bay 21322$299.99$269.0010%
Concrete Mixer Truck 42112$179.99$149.0017%

You can find the listings here [affiliate link]. I’m not sure on the exact end date for these discounts.

There is also a new catalogue out with some 20% off offers but they don’t seem to be live. I’ll do a separate post once that is live.

Chinese New Year sets for 2021 revealed!

The Chinese New Year sets that LEGO produced in 2019 and 2020 have proven to be super popular. This is not a surprise as the sets themselves have all looked amazing and Chinese New Year is very popular here in Australia.

Well the range is back in 2021 with 3 new sets and this time the little kids can get involved too.

These sets should be released January 1st online and in LEGO stores, then later in specialist retailers. No local pricing at this stage.

Australian pricing thanks to Outer Rim Trading Co

10943 DUPLO Town Happy Childhood Moments – $169.99
80106 Story of Nian – $109.99
80107 Spring Lantern Festival – $159.99

Here are the details on the new sets…

LEGO® DUPLO Town Happy Childhood Moments taps into two critical moments of a toddlers’ life in China: Chinese New Year and kindergarten. It can support Chinese parents to teach their preschoolers about traditions of the lunar new year and key skills to prepare kindergarten life in a playful way. It is also the first LEGO DUPLO set that is customized for Chinese pre-school families.

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80106 LEGO® Story of Nian invites children to learn the old story about Nian and celebrates the Chinese new year with LEGO bricks. It features a brick-built Chinese residence with traditional decorations, a snowy scene that is brought to life with a posable Nian creature, a snowman figure and six minifigures including grandpa, grandma, three children and a person in an ox costume to mark the Year of the Ox in 2021.

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special looks great

Here is the first trailer for the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special.

Inspired by the original Star Wars Holiday Special, this new special event movie sees the sequel trilogy characters return to celebrate Life Day.

“The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special” reunites Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a joyous feast on Life Day. Rey sets off on a new adventure with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. At a mysterious Jedi Temple, she is hurled into a cross-timeline adventure through beloved moments in Star Wars cinematic history, coming into contact with Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan and other iconic heroes and villains from all nine Skywalker saga films. But will she make it back in time for the Life Day feast and learn the true meaning of holiday spirit?

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is streaming Nov. 17 on Disney+.