Sydney’s New LEGO Certified Store

March 21st, 2019

On Monday night a few Rainbow Bricks’ members were part of the lucky few invited to attend a special AFOL preview night at the new flagship LEGO Store in Sydney. And then this morning a couple of Rainbow Bricks Members attend the opening of the store.

The store is at Westfields Bondi Junction, just down from the Apple Store. We used the trains to get there and it was so much better than driving through Sydney to get to the store.

If you have been into a LEGO store before it has a similar look and style. While not the largest LEGO store, it is on two levels with the PAB and the more adult themes upstairs on the mezzanine level. The front of the store has the latest sets (Mustang and The Flintstones) on display with a small Build Area near them.

The store has a VIP Program from opening which is redeemable at the Sydney store only at the moment. The program is 1 points for every $1.50 spent. Works out to be 5% or $5 for every $100 spent, but need 100 points and get $7.5 credit, which is not bad.

The Pick A Brick Wall wasn’t fully stocked on the Monday night but still had lots of nice parts. The wall has since been completely stocked. The PAB wall is up the stairs at the back of the store, there is also a lift for those with mobility issues and it’s painted in a LEGO theme. The stairs have a short History of LEGO painted on the walls.
Small cup are $14.99 and large cups $29.99.
The wall was very popular on Monday night with the AFOLs in attendance. Lots of cups were filled! 😃 And I’m should this will continue now the store is open. It’s a great way to bulk up on parts.

There were no polybags other than the Xtra polybag to buy and no seasonal sets currently either. Hopefully this will be addressed now the store is opened. The engraving machine wasn’t setup yet either.

The Build A Minifig station was down stairs. You can build your own custom miniiigure using the elements available. The night we were there it had some nice parts in it. These parts will change as elements come and go out of stock.

Of course, there are LEGO brick-built statues and murals on display, as well as many sets. See the photos to see what the store has.

The opening day exclusive was the LEGO Brand Retail Store Set (40145) when you spend $199 or more in store.

The store charges full RRP for Sets but it’s expected to have all sets available as soon as they released by LEGO, which is great. Definitely sign up for the VIP program as it will help to save money on future purchases. The store is also expected to have polybags and other sets not normally available here through the other retailers.
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Valley Brickfest

May 9th, 2017
Valley Brickfest
Valley BrickfestA LEGO Fan Event

Rainbow Bricks LUG Presents
Valley Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

ALL WELCOME!

Rainbow Bricks are pleased to return to the Central Coast and support the Zoe Foundation at Narara Valley Baptist Church.

Come along and see the amazing LEGO creations on display. All the displays are created by fans for fans to enjoy.

As well as the displays there will be speed build competition during the day and of course a build are for the children to build in.

The proceeds from the event go the Zoe Foundation.

DATE: 3rd June 2017
TIME: 10am - 4pm
COST: $5 a person/$15 a family
VENUE: Narara Valley Baptist Church, 149 Narara Valley Drive, Narara

SHOW REVIEW: Central Coast Brickfest

April 4th, 2017

Rainbow Bricks Presents
Central Coast Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

On Sunday 2nd April the second Central Coast Brickfest was held at the Wyong Race Club. The event was supporting the Wyong High School P&C.

We had exhibitors from across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast  and Sydney returning with new creations for everyone to enjoy. These were creations created by Fans for Fans.

Many people braved the weather to support our event. Thank you to everyone who came along.

The link below has pictures of the creations on display.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpowers67/albums/72157679989510041

 

 

Southwest Brickfest

April 4th, 2017

Rainbow Bricks Presents
William Carey Southwest Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

We are returning to William Carey to display again. Hopefully we will have a much drier day than last year. :-)

We have exhibitors from across Sydney and NSW returning with new creations for you to enjoy. These are creations created by Fans for Fans.

As always there will be a build area for the children to play in and build their own creations.

There will be LEGO sets, parts and merchandise for sale as well.

DATE: Saturday 27th May
TIME: 10am - 4pm
VENUE: William Carey Christian School, Bumbera Street, Preston
COST: $5 a person/$15 a family

This event is supporting William Carey Christian School.

Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/southwestbrickfest/

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1199168800130474/

LEGO UCS Snowspeeder 75144

March 25th, 2017

LEGO have announced the upcoming UCS Snowspeeder 75144 due for release on 4th May and April 29 for LEGO VIP early access.

Here is the Press Release:

75144 Snowspeeder™
Ages 14+. 1,703 pieces.
US $199.99 – CA $229.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Build the ultimate LEGO® Snowspeeder!

Collect a true Star Wars classic: the T-47 Snowspeeder. This LEGO® interpretation of the iconic airspeeder that fans will remember from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you’d expect, including opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit with space for the included Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner minifigures. This model also comes with a display stand and fact plaque, so it can take pride of place in any LEGO Star Wars collection.
• Includes 2 minifigures: a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner.
• Features intricate, authentic detailing, opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun and an opening cockpit with space for the 2 included minifigures.
• Attach the Snowspeeder to the stand with fact plaque to display it.
• Includes 2 blaster pistols.
• Accessory elements include electrobinoculars, a Snowspeeder Pilot helmet and a Snowspeeder Gunner helmet.
• Snowspeeder on display stand measures over 8” (21cm) high, 15” (39cm) long and 11” (29cm) wide, and over 4” (11cm) high without stand.

Here is the Designer Video for the set.

Rainbow Bricks visits the South Pole!

March 5th, 2017
Real Pistenbully
This is the real Pistenbully with a downward-looking radar to check for hidden crevasses in the snow that vehicles might fall into.

Rainbow Bricks visits the South Pole!

Well not exactly. We have two Brothers (Tim and Jeremy) who are Rainbows Bricks members and they have been fortunate enough to have one of their builds taken to the South Pole for the Winter!

Here is their story which they have kindly shared with us:

"This year we had a unique opportunity for one of our creations to be taken to the South Pole to spend the winter there. We only had 2 days notice to design, build, and pack this vehicle to be taken on its epic journey.

The vehicle is a called a Pistenbully and this one features a radar mounted on a tire that hangs out in front of the vehicle. This downward-looking radar looks down into the snow and checks for giant hidden crevasses that the South Pole vehicles might fall into.

We created a Lego replica as best as we could in only two days, and we're thrilled with the photos that have been sent back. The people at the South Pole are locked in for the winter so we won't see this again for another 8 months, but when we get it back, we'll take it to our Lego exhibitions to teach kids about the South Pole.

I've put some details in the comments for each photo. Enjoy!"

Great work guys and we look forward to seeing your South Pole display at our Rainbow Bricks events when the LEGO model returns in 2018!

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