31107 Space Rover Explorer makes me want to rewatch The Martian

31107 Space Rover Explorer is not an officially licensed set related to the book or film The Martian. It kind of feels like there was some inspiration though.

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Be warned – this article is going to contain spoilers for The Martian so if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book you might want to go do that first.

LEGO sent me Diagon Alley – Don’t tell them I’ve never read the books or seen the movies

A few weeks ago LEGO reached out to me with an offer – “Hey Michael, want to review something Harry Potter related?” Sure I said, assuming it was probably going to be the new Harry Potter minifigures. What arrived was the $599.99 Diagon Alley set. So let’s all agree not to tell LEGO that I’ve never actually seen a Harry Potter movie or read one of the books.

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Welcome to a review of Diagon Alley unburdened by concerns about accuracy, powered by quick Google searches and wiki pages.

Diagon Alley apparently has a lot of shops but included here are 6, split across 4 separate sections. You essentially get 4 half-modulars. With the street split over 4 baseplates you do have some flexibility in terms of how you present the finished model.

LEGO X Levis products now available

Just a quick FYI – The LEGO Levi’s products are now available to order.

THIS COULD BE YOU!

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You can find the full range here.

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October GWP promotion is now live

A new promotion has just gone live at LEGO.com. Spend over $99 and receive a free “Build Your Own Vehicles” set. The set itself looks fairly small but hey, it’s free!

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More details of the promotion can be found here. [affiliate link]

The only issue is going to be what to actually buy…

  • Diagon Alley™ – Out of stock
  • Grand Piano – Out of stock
  • Mos Eisley Cantina™ – Out of stock
  • Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Out of stock

The latest LEGO Ideas results are in…

LEGO Ideas has just shared the results of the first 2020 review. This review featured a record number of sets for consideration with so many people using lockdowns to vote and submit their own ideas.

I am sure there will be some disappointed people as only one product has passed the review…

Earth Globe

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Sonic still under consideration…

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If the Sonic project is one that had you excited it might not be over. This project is still under consideration and may yet become a project.

Music to our Ears Contest Review Results - Legendary Stratocaster

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It may not have been part of the review but there is another Ideas product coming – Legendary Stratocaster. This one was part of the Music to our Ears contest.

Check out the details of what didn’t pass review on the LEGO Ideas blog.

75978 Diagon Alley back in stock

It had been saying Sold Out at LEGO.com, but it appears that Diagon Alley has magically reappeared.

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If you are after this set I suggest getting in quick before it goes again.

Get yours here. [affiliate link]

On Sale: 20% Off 2 or more at Myer

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This one is probably going to be less impressive that David Jones’ 25% off but sometimes a certain retailer doesn’t have a set so you’ve got to settle.

Myer is offering 20% off a range of LEGO when you buy 2 or more items. It’s a bit confusing because some stuff was already 20% off anyway, and then of course there is the exclusions: Creator Expert, Ideas, and 71043 Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle and 76139 Batmobile.

The items included in this particular sale will be marked with “Buy more & save”. You can check out the full Myer LEGO listing here. [affiliate link]

The buy more and save offer ends 11:59pm AEST on September 28th.

On Sale: 25% Off at David Jones

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A sale above 20% off is always worth checking out, and here’s an offer from David Jones that meets that criteria.

From today (September 24th) until Sunday September 27th you can get 25% off all full priced toys. Normally a David Jones sale doesn’t have exclusions but it seems they’ve been spending too much time with Myer. This offer excludes Creator Expert, Star Wars & Technic.

You can check out the David Jones LEGO range here.

Thanks to Nichole for the heads up.

Elf Club House now available for VIPs

The Elf Club House VIP release is live now! Get yours here while you can [affiliate link]

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FYI – No pre-order for The Child in Australia

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Just a quick update as I know a few people have been wanting to pre-order 75318 The Child.

I have received confirmation that there will be no pre-order for this set here in Australia.

The official release will still be October 30 both online and at the various LEGO stores around the country.

While the pre-order option won’t be available for this particular set LEGO has said they are always looking to improve their systems and logistics, so hopefully they manage to find some some solutions in this area for future releases.