The parents’ guide to LEGO Mario – Wave 2 Expansions

So, you’ve got your starter course and you survived the first wave of the expansions. Now your kids are getting bored and bugging you for the 2020 expansions. Well great news because there has never been a better time to stock up – before they start bugging you for Luigi.

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I am here to tell you what is good and what isn’t.

I’ll be using the same structure as last time, looking at each set and how it appeals to certain kinds of kids.

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The cuteness connoisseur – These are the kids that only care about one thing; that the sets are cute. They don’t care as much about how many coins you get or specific play features.

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The action kid – These are the kids that love the things that they can slam around, stuff that sends pieces flying across your table.

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The coin collector – The kids who want the highest score possible. The ones who will tweak their layouts to get every possible coin from each run.

Let’s get in to it…

Official details of LEGO City Stuntz range

The Australian LEGO website has updated with official details of an interesting new LEGO City sub-theme – Stuntz!

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We’ve got monster trucks and motorbikes and you can tell by the Z that these sets are extreme!

The key to the whole range is a fly-wheel mechanism in the motorbikes.

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The range is officially launched here on October 1st, but being a City range it might appear in stores a little bit before then.

There are 4 playsets in the line-up and 6 individual motorbike plus minifigure packs. The motorbike packs seem to be terribly priced at $12.99 for a single minifigure and motorbike.

Check out the details of each set below.

Official details of 10290 Pickup Truck

LEGO has sneakily revealed a new 18+/Creator Expert set by just going and sticking it up on the online store.

Introducing 10290 Pickup Truck

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This 1677 piece set joins an already packed garage of outstanding Creator Expert vehicles. Official release date is October 1st and the Australian price is $199.99. You can find more details here [affiliate link].

This thing is adorable! Check out the official set description and additional images below.

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Canberra LEGO store opening mid-August at the earliest

A new job ad for staff members at Canberra’s up-coming LEGO store may have confirmed that the store is due to open in mid-August at the earliest.

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The listing specifies that the various roles commence mid-August but it’s unclear what sort of training period is included. I would assume there would be at least a week, meaning the store may not open until late August or early September.

If you are interested in working at the store you can find the job listing here.

LEGO Mario Wave 3 Details

LEGO has revealed details of all the Wave 3 LEGO Mario sets. All of these sets will be available August 1st.

71391 Bowser’s Airship Expansion Set – $149.99

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Kids can build Bowser’s iconic Airship to display and enhance their LEGO® Super Mario™ universe with this Expansion Set (71391). The ship can be arranged in ‘flying mode’ or folded out in ‘course mode’, and players must overcome challenges such as Bowser’s Mecha Hand and a POW Block to pop a Rocky Wrench from its hiding place. (Note: the 71360 or 71387 Starter Course is required for play.)

The set includes Kamek, Rocky Wrench and Goomba figures, plus a Cannon Start Pipe – use it to begin a 90-second level. Children can play solo, team up or compete against a friend with their LEGO® Mario™ or LEGO® Luigi™ figure.

LEGO is making a foosball table

One of the few new things we learned from LEGO Con is that LEGO will be producing a Foosball Table set at some point in the future. This was the winning entry from a recent LEGO Ideas competition themed around sport.

I think this could be a really interesting set once it comes out.

This was just a coming soon announcement so no actual details, just the original submission pictures.

LEGO CON Recap

I have an alarm set and I’ll be getting up early for the first ever LEGO Con.

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I’ll be updating this post with my coverage of the event so keep refreshing for my take on all the happenings.

The event kicks off at 2AM AEST so go get some sleep before we get started. You can find the livestream here.

On Sale: 20% off when you buy 2 or more at David Jones

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I have no idea what is going on but this is weird. It’s a David Jones sale that really feels like a Myer sale.

From today until Sunday July 18th you can get 20% off LEGO when you buy two or more items. Unfortunately Creator Expert, Star Wars and Technic are excluded.

See what I mean?! Qualifying criteria. Exclusions. What the hell Mr Jones? You are usually better than this.

You can find all of the eligible items here.

On Sale: 20% off at Target

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Rather that bothering with a fancy catalogue and all the hassle that comes with that, the people at Target have decided to just go with 20% off and call it a day.

Sure it’s less work for them but it’s perfect for us LEGO fans – 20% off all LEGO. No exclusions, no selected sets. Simple.

The sale runs from today (June 24th) until July 14th.

You can check out the Target LEGO range here.

LEGO Certified Stores offering exclusive adult preview event for new PAB parts

The AG LEGO Certified Stores (so not LLDC or Dreamworld) around the country are offering an exclusive adults only event tomorrow night (June 23rd) to celebrate the arrival of new Pick-a-Brick parts. This may not sound exciting enough for a special event for some people, but I know some of you will be very excited by this.

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You’ll need to book in to attend this event some time between 6PM and 8PM.

You can find more details and book a spot on the LEGO Certified Stores website.

I’m unable to attend myself but if anybody heads along I’d love to see some pics of what’s new.