Review: 10263 Winter Village Fire Station

The Winter Village sub-theme is a popular range of Creator Expert sets, with a new addition released each year. This year it’s the Winter Village Fire Station.

This is my first entry into the Winter Village, can this wintery setting win over a Queenslander who has never seen snow? Read on to find out.


Build Experience

Christmas is a special time of the year for a lot of families – people take time of work and kids are home from school. It’s the perfect time for everybody to come together and build some LEGO. That is the approach that LEGO have taken with this set, with the build very deliberately split up across two books.

The first book covers the supplementary builds – the bench, Christmas tree, fountain and fire engine. It would be easy to pass the book around so that multiple kids could each build a standalone part.

21315 Pop Up Book Announced

LEGO Ideas can be a bit of a weird place sometimes with a lot of projects taking advantage of existing IPs to help get them the 10k votes needed. Occasionally though an interesting and unique project will make it’s way through to not only get the required votes but to also pass review. That’s exactly what we have here with 21315 Pop Up Book.


This brick build LEGO book may look unassuming from the outside, but open it up and you get to experience two iconic children’s stories presented with detailed pop-ups.

The first of the two stories is Little Red Riding Hood. This build features a detailed house and three minifigures; Grandma, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The house itself looks fantastic and the Wolf minifigure is outstanding.


The second of the included stories is Jack and the Beanstalk. Another absolute classic.

This build features a microscale village, towering beanstalk and a castle for the giant. The giant is presented as a standard minifigure while Jack is a microfig. I think using the microfig for Jack is a great idea.


The printing on the giant features key parts of the story with the goose and a golden egg both tucked in his pockets.

The set features 859 parts, allowing you to create the book and both scenes. Obviously only one scene can be placed in the book at a time but you can have both built – the scenes are designed to be easily swapped out. You can also build your own scenes to place in the book.

The set will cost $109.99 here in Australia and will be available from November 1st.

Let me know what you think? I am really impressed with this and think it looks better than the original submission. I think I prefer the Red Riding Hood scene over the Jack and the beanstalk, but both are great.

Check out the full image gallery and press release below.

On Sale: 20% Off At Selected eBay Sellers

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eBay have today launched a new discount code that will give you 20% off toys at selected stores.

The listing of stores is very minimal but there are three that might be worth checking out.

To get the 20% off you’ll need the code POGOSTICK at checkout. The offer runs from October 18th to 24th.

Hobby Warehouse

Yes, I know – Hobby Warehouse can be pretty terrible when it comes to their pre-discount pricing. That is still the case for some items but there are others where the discount is pretty good.

UCS Millennium Falcon for $1,219. With the 20% off that comes down to just $975.20.

Ninjago City Docks for $298. With the 20% off that will be $238.40.

Capital City for $183.80. With the 20% off that will be $146.56.

You can check out the rest of their range here.

Nicole’s Toys & Gifts

Another eBay seller included in this sale is Nicole’s Toys and Gifts. A quick look at their listing shows that most of the items are at RRP with a few that are above it. Double check the pricing before buying.

You can check out their range here.


A 20% off Myer eBay sale isn’t particularly remarkable but at least you know that their starting prices will be RRP.

Interestingly they have added the 40262 Christmas Train set to their eBay listing. It might be a nice option to add to your order. The train can be found here.

You can check out the Myer eBay LEGO range here.

Thanks to Matt for finding this sale and pointing out some of these deals for me.


On Sale: Selected Sets Reduced At Target

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Target have a new catalogue starting today, and buried behind pages of homewares are a few LEGO sets on sale.

It’s a fairly diverse mix of themes available but not an extensive sale. Most of the discounts are around the 20% off mark with a few over 30%.

The sale runs from today (October 18th) until October 31st.

You can view the catalogue for yourself here or see the list of sets below.

Double VIP Points & Bonus Minifigure Frame At LEGO Online

Two new offers from LEGO are now live on their online store.

Double VIP Points on all orders


From October 15th to October 31st get double the normal VIP Points on all purchases. With the lower free shipping threshold now is a great time to get something exclusive you’ve had your eye on.

Free Minifigure Collector Frame


Spend $85 or more to receive this exclusive LEGO minifigure display frame. The frame is made from cardboard with a 32×32 building plate, 49 elements, LEGO logo tile and an exclusive Beach Party Dude minifigure. The frame can display 16 minifigures in total. This offer also runs from October 15th to 31st.

This frame alone is a pretty nice bonus but in conjunction with the double VIP points it certainly makes for a tempting offer.

Exclusive Overwatch Omnic Bastion Unveiled

LEGO and Blizzard have both been teasing a LEGO Overwatch theme for a little while now, but today the first set has been announced – and it is a Blizzard exclusive.

75987 Overwatch Omnic Bastion

lego-overwatch-omnic-bastion-75987-01 I really don’t know a lot about the Overwatch franchise so I don’t have an opinion on how the set has been done and how closely it matches to the source material. I can say that it’s a nice looking little mech, particularly the orange.

This set is the first Overwatch product but we do know that more are on the way with minifigures. This particular one is an exclusive that can only be purchased from the Blizzard store. You can find the product page here. The price is $25 USD with postage on top of that.

Check out the additional images below, and if you are an Overwatch player let me know what you think of this.

Myer Teases After Hours Sale With Possible Falcon Discount


Over on the Myer homepage they are teasing something called After Hours Deals.

The actual details won’t be revealed until 5PM (most likely AEDT) but they are using the UCS Millennium Falcon in their teaser picture. Hopefully this will be a decent discount on such an expensive set.

I’ll try and update this article as soon as I know more but you may want to check the Myer website at the appropriate time.

UPDATE 1: A source has told me the offer will be 15% off Star Wars (including UCS Falcon & Death Star), Ideas and Creator Expert. Basically a lower than normal discount on the stuff they normally exclude.

I do know that the offer ends at Midnight, so will only be very limited.

Thanks to Audrey for the heads up.

On Sale: 10% Off At eBay

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Halloween is still weeks away but eBay have decided that today is the perfect time for a Halloween themed special discount code.

Of course being a site-wide 10% off you don’t have to use it for Halloween stuff, you could perhaps use it for LEGO.

To get the 10% off you’ll need to enter the code PUMPKIN  at checkout. There is a $50 minimum required and a maximum discount of $100 per transaction. You can only use the code twice. The offer ends at 11:59 PM AEDT tonight. For those of us not living in a city with daylight savings be aware that the end time is based on AEDT.

View the eBay LEGO portal here

Selected Sets On Sale At Shopforme


Melbourne based retailer shopforme have got a heap of sets on special at the moment. It’s a pretty extensive list with over 60 sets included.

The listing happens to include some new sets like the 75230 Porg set for just $69.99 and the 2018 advent calendars for $37.49 each.

I suggest you head over to their specials page and check out the range for yourself.

Thanks to Rex for letting me know about this.

On Sale: 25% Off At Myer

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Myer likes to roll out weekend offers and call it a Super Weekend or a Super Saturday. Well this weekend offer doesn’t get a fancy label but it is still a solid offer.

From today until Sunday October 7th you can get 25% off most of their LEGO. There is as expected a list of exclusions; Creator Expert, Harry Potter, Ideas, UCS Millennium Falcon and Death Star.

Don’t tell Myer I told you but the Harry Potter sets are actually being included in the sale online.

You can check out Myer’s full LEGO range here.