Should you buy it? 80106 Story of Nian

The Chinese New Year subtheme has surprised us with some truly incredible sets over the last few years. Is the Story of Nian another hit, or is it the week link in the line-up? I guess what I am trying to say is – Should you buy it?

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Nice wall, but I wouldn’t call it great

A large part of this set is the wall that forms the backdrop of the scene.

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Walls aren’t always super exciting – either to build or look at – but this wall isn’t too bad as it does have some interesting details rather than just bricks stacked on top of each other. The doors in particular are a real highlight.

On sale: 20% off selected sets at Myer

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Myer isn’t going to miss out on that sweet school holiday spending, so as you’d expect they are kicking off a new sale.

You’ll be able to get 20% off selected LEGO. I’m not sure exactly what the criteria for inclusion is. This particular sale runs until April 26th.

You can check out everything that is included here. [affiliate link]

If what you are after isn’t on sale you may want to check back in a few days. There may just be a slightly broader sale starting later this week.

LEGO Certified Store coming to Canberra

Our nation’s capital – Canberra in case you didn’t know – is getting its very own LEGO Certified Store.

Sydney Certified LEGO Store. Canberra still being built.

Sydney Certified LEGO Store. Canberra still being built.

There is no opening date included in the announcement but a job ad for a retail store manager has a commencement date of May 21st, so it’ll obviously be around then. If you are looking for a job then you’ll find the listing here.

The store will be located at the Canberra Centre and it will be over 250sqm.

The store will feature all the usual inclusions:

  • A large, wall mounted mosaic and a world-first 3D model of a local landmark – made by the Southern Hemisphere’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught or ‘Brickman’;
  • Pick a Brick Wall – grab a cup and fill it with your choice of LEGO bricks and elements, with endless combinations of shapes and colours to choose from;
  • Build a Minifigure™ Tower – mix and match from a wide selection of heads, hair, tops, bottoms and accessories to create a bespoke LEGO Minifigure™ collection;
  • Digital Box – scan almost any LEGO boxed set and watch it come to life in 3D, live on the wall-mounted screen in-store;
  • Brick Specialists: in-store experts can help brick fans of all ages select the perfect set, whether it’s a special gift, or a treat for the family’s resident LEGO fan.
  • LEGO SYSTEM AU

The Amelia Earhart Tribute should have been a general release

The Amelia Earhart set has come and seemingly gone, which is a shame. I think this set deserved to sit on shelves on its own rather than just left relegated to GWP status.

Firstly let’s talk about the build itself. LEGO is no stranger to planes and I found this one to be a really great build even with limited parts.

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It’s not going to blow your mind but there is a bit of snot work and the way the floats are done is interesting.

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Local details of new Star Wars display pieces

Walmart accidentally revealed these new LEGO Star Wars display pieces a little early but now that the embargo has officially lifted I can share local pricing and release dates with you. Not sure what I am talking about? LEGO has today officially announced three brand new 18+ display sets; Darth Vader helmet, Scout Trooper Helmet and Probe Droid.

Here are the details…

75304 Darth Vader™ Helmet – $89.99 RRP

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Capture the sinister look of the Star Wars icon and ultimate villain, with the 834-piece displayable model. Offering an immersive building experience, the finished helmet makes an impressive display piece.

75305 Scout Trooper™ Helmet – $89.99 RRP

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The stunning 471-piece helmet has been created as an homage to the Scout Troopers’ ultimate reconnaissance and infiltration abilities. Dust off your speeder bike and enjoy recreating every contour and detail with LEGO bricks.

75306 Imperial Probe Droid™ – $119.99

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Adult builders can recreate scenes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on the ice planet Hoth™ when constructing this distinctive droid. The 638-piece model features a transparent pole to ‘suspend’ the droid over the buildable snowy scene.

All three of these sets will be available to pre-order from today, but they don’t officially go on general sale until April 26th.

Check out additional images below.

On Sale: 20% off at Target

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It must be time for the Easter school holidays, because right on schedule Target are offering 20% off a range of toy brands including LEGO.

This offer runs from today (March 25th) until April 21st, so you’ve got plenty of time to grab yourself something.

You can check out the Target LEGO range here. This offer is both online and in-store.

 

Big W is having a clearance sale

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It looks like Big W has chucked the clearance label on a bunch of sets. Unfortunately it seems that what you’ll find on offer will vary based on where you live, so I can’t provide a definitive list of what is on sale.

If you head over to the Big W website using this link it should show the clearance items applicable for your location.

I have also heard there are a bunch of sets marked as clearance in store too so it may be worth checking out your local to see what they’ve got marked down.

Let me know in the comments if you spot anything particularly exciting in your neck of the woods.

Thanks to everybody who emailed or messaged me about this sale.

LEGO Announces 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

Those of us LEGO fans that love everything space have been spoiled in recent years, and that continues with this exciting announcement.

Introducing 10283 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery

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This 2,354 piece sets recreates both the iconic Discovery Space Shuttle orbiter and Hubble Telescope. The orbiter features functional landing gear, payload bay doors, elevons and rudder.

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The Hubble Telescope can be folded and contained within the payload bay or expanded with its solar array and displayed separately. There are two stands and plaques included.

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This looks like an absolutely fantastic display piece.

It will set you back $299.99 here when it is released on April 1st.

Check out additional images and the official details below.

Review: Periodic Table of LEGO Colors

If you are an AFOL there’s a decent chance you have seen the original Periodic table of LEGO colours product. It was kind of all over the internet last year and I know a lot of people grabbed one. The people behind the product – We Love What You Build – have now released a new version.

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The WLWYB team was kind enough to send me a copy of the 2021 product and over an exclusive deal for Bricking Around readers that you can find at the end of this article.

The concept of the periodic table of LEGO colours is simple: a chart with all of the LEGO colours. The key to a simple idea is the execution. So have they nailed it? Yeah they have.

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It’s Pooh time!

After some initial confusion regarding the release time I am pleased to announce that LEGO Ideas 21326 Winnie the Pooh is now available for VIPs.

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You can order yours here [Affiliate link]