UPCOMING EVENT: Brickfest at The Bay

November 30th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks is excited to be returning to Anna Bay Public School in 2019 and so are our exhibitors.

Date: Saturday 5th and 6th Sunday January 2019
Venue: Anna Bay Public School
Display times: 10am - 4pm

Like all our community events we are supporting local schools and charities. This year’s event is supporting the Tomaree Community Hospital Auxiliary.

We already have exhibitors from across the Hunter and Central Coast plus local exhibitors coming to display their creations for you to enjoy.

As well as the amazing creations and collections on display there will be many activities for you to enjoy.
# The Build Area which is always a favorite
# The Remote Control Driving Area where the kids and the young at heart can drive the RC Trackers.
# Tower building Activity

There be a Raffle with LEGO prizes to win.

Plus we will have a coffee van provided by HE BREWS Mobile Cafe and BBQ provided by Action Club of Nelson Bay.

Don't forget to tell you your friends and family about our event.

We look forward to seeing you. :-)

A Life Size Technic version of the Bugatti Chiron

August 31st, 2018

This is an amazing build from the design team at LEGO Technic. This build is full size and is fully functioning. NO glue was used in the assembly!

See the full story for more images.

A first of its kind in many ways:

  • first fully-functional self-propelled life-size LEGO Technic car 
  • first non-glued LEGO Technic model of such complexity 
  • first large model powered using LEGO Technic Power Functions motors 
  • first large-scale moving model using LEGO Technic bricks & elements 
  • first time to create new types of transparent LEGO Technic bricks 
  • first time to create load-bearing parts built purely out of LEGO Technic bricks & elements 
  • … using 58 types of Technic custom-made elements

Facts & Numbers:

  • Over 1,000,000 LEGO Technic elements in total 
  • 339 types of LEGO Technic elements used 
  • No glue used in the assembly 
  • Total weight: 1,500 kg 
  • Engine contains:
  • 2,304 LEGO Power Functions motors
  • 4,032 LEGO Technic gear wheels 
  • 2,016 LEGO Technic cross axles 
  • Theoretical performance of 5.3 HP 
  • Estimated torque of 92 Nm
  • Functional rear spoiler (using both LEGO Power Functions and pneumatics) 
  • Functional speedometer built entirely from LEGO Technic elements 
  • 13,438 man hours used on development and construction

 If you want to see more about this build there is an 8 minute feature on the LEGO Technic website. The link below:

https://www.lego.com/en-au/themes/technic/bugatti-chiron/build-for-real

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40 years of the LEGO Minifigure!

August 30th, 2018

In 1978, Disco was dominating the charts, mobile phones were non-existent and the Internet was still more than a decade away. It was also the year the very first LEGO® minifigures went into production. Fast forward to today and those inaugural characters have evolved nearly as much as the world around them, offering endless roleplay possibilities. So, as one of the planet’s tiniest icons celebrates its big 4…0, here are some milestone moments from its very big story.

 

The evolution of the LEGO minifigure
It all started in 1974 when the LEGO building figure was launched, made mostly of large square LEGO bricks with moveable arms but immoveable legs. This was followed in 1975 by LEGO stage extra figures with solid torsos, immoveable arms and legs, and no printed features. Basically, very different to the LEGO minifigures we know and love today! Not that we had to wait too long for them to arrive, with 1978 ushering in a new era of LEGO minifigures equipped with moveable limbs and simple facial expressions comprising two solid black eye dots and black painted smile. Fast forward to 2018 and there are now more than 650 unique faces in the collection, meaning children can have fun roleplaying different characters and personalities – anytime, anywhere.

From 20 to 8,000
To begin with, there were around 20 different LEGO minifigure characters, including a police officer, doctor, firefighter, knight and astronaut. But in the four decades since, the number of minifigures available has risen to more than 8,000. To put that into context, if the global population had grown at the same rate, there would now be nearly 144 trillion of us living on Earth!

 

The perfect height
Take away the hair or any other headpiece and LEGO minifigures are exactly the same height as four LEGO bricks fitted together. This means they fit perfectly into the LEGO System in Play. Oh, and if you stacked them head to toe, you would need 20,750 to reach the height of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Jack of all trades
Over the years, LEGO minifigures have shown they can turn their hand to pretty much anything. From pirates to paramedics, engineers to elephant keepers, veterinarians to Vikings, there have been thousands of different minifigure characters. Three LEGO minifigures even blasted into space onboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft in 2011. But one thing has remained consistent throughout: whatever role, character or personality children fancy playing, there’s sure to be a minifigure to match.

Diversity Champion
Did you know the traditional yellow colour of the LEGO minifigure’s head was chosen based on focus group feedback in the early and mid-1970s saying this was preferable to white ones? Since then, minifigures have become increasingly diverse – from the first figures with natural skin tone in 2003 (Lando Calrissian from Star Wars and NBA basketball players) to 2016’s inaugural wheelchair. LEGO minifigures have also done their bit for unstereotyping gender roles with the likes of female firefighters and ninjas, through to fathers equipped with baby carriers. In fact, the whole point of minifigures is they let children create and be anyone they want – male or female, helmet or hair, freckles or glasses, anything. And if you’re worried about our robotic friends, don’t be. There have been plenty of C-3POs and R2D2s (not to mention other robots) too.


Hollywood Star
The LEGO minifigure has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including THE LEGO® MOVIE™, THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE™ and THE LEGO® NINJAGO MOVIE™. In 2007, LEGO Group even created 10,000 gold chrome C-3PO minifigures packed in random sets to mark the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.

1978-2018 precision mates
Did you know that eight different moulds are used for the production of every minifigure? Two sets of these moulds are the same in design but reversed to mould the right and left minifigure arms and legs! The precision that goes into these moulds is exceptional, and because the original moulds are almost identical to the ones we use today, minifigures from 1978 can be mixed and matched with the more modern characters from today! However, one thing that has changed is the number of elements each mould can produce and the speed scale of this – for example, the minifigure head mould construction has improved from an initial eight elements per 9,8 sec. to 128 elements per 14.7 sec. today!

More than just a figure
LEGO minifigures may be made for fun but there’s a serious side to them as well. By offering an endless choice of roleplay possibilities, they’re designed to let children play inventively, engage with different emotions and tell their own stories. First and foremost, that means a whole lot of enjoyment. But, crucially, it also allows young people to develop key life skills like emotional intelligence, creativity and communication – skills that, according to new research for the LEGO Play Well Report, parents believe will be vital to helping their children build their own bright future.

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75222 Betrayal at Cloud City

August 22nd, 2018

Overnight LEGO released details of the latest LEGO Star Wars set, Betrayal at Cloud City.

75222 Betrayal at Cloud City™
Ages 14+. 2,812 pieces AUD499.9

• VIP Early Access – Thursday, 13th September, 2018
• Launch / On-sale – Monday, 1st October, 2018

Here the Shop@Home lising.
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Betrayal-at-Cloud-City-75222

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Visit Bespin’s amazing metropolis in the sky—Cloud City!

Relive a world of unforgettable moments from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back or add your own fun twists to the story with this LEGO® Star Wars 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set. The amazingly detailed set is divided into 4 sections, each depicting scenes from the classic movie. There’s a landing platform complete with Boba Fett’s Slave I ship, a detailed promenade, a dining room with seating for 5 minifigures, a garbage processing room with incinerator, and a sensor balcony for epic Luke vs. Vader Lightsaber duels. There’s also a carbon freeze chamber with a function to ‘freeze’ Han in carbonite, an interrogation chamber and prison cell, a secondary landing platform for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car, and so much more. Add an astonishing 18 LEGO minifigures plus 2 droids to the mix, and you have a set that Star Wars and LEGO fans of any age would be proud to add to their collection.

• Includes 18 minifigures: Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfits, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian, Lobot, 2 Cloud City Guards, 2 Cloud Car Pilots, Leia and Han in Hoth outfits, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, 2 Stormtroopers and an Ugnaught, plus R2-D2 and an IG-88 droid.

• Section 1 features a landing platform with a sliding entrance door and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship with an opening minifigure cockpit, movable wings and space underneath to store the Han in carbonite element.

• Section 2 features a dining room with a table, seats for 5 minifigures and a decorative Cloud City micro build; lounge with a transparent sculpture and 2 chairs; garbage processing room with an incinerator, conveyor belt and a deactivated IG-class droid; and a promenade with tree sculpture, mural relief and opening doorways leading to other parts of the model.

• Section 3 features a sensor balcony with railing and swing-out function, plus a maintenance cabin with opening round window for epic Lightsaber duels, plus a carbon freeze chamber with lever-activated ‘freeze’ function.

• Section 4 features a dark-red corridor leading to the interrogation chamber with a turning interrogation chair, plus a prison cell, hangar with a secret trapdoor and tool & weapon rack, and space for the Twin-Pod Cloud Car with opening minifigure cockpits and 2 stud shooters.

• New minifigure details include Leia’s red dress, Han’s Corellian blood stripe, Luke’s dark-tan Dagobah outfit, the Ugnaught’s head decoration and the cloud car pilots.

• Weapons include Han’s blaster pistol, Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Luke’s Lightsaber, Vader’s Lightsaber, Boba Fett’s blaster rifle, IG-88’s blaster rifle, 5 blaster pistols and 4 blasters.

• Accessory elements include a wrench, handcuffs and Lobot’s cybernetic band.

• Stage air-to-air battles between Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Twin-Pod Cloud Car.

• Pull the carbon freeze chamber lever to pretend freeze Han in carbonite!

• Relive unforgettable scenes from the classic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie.

• This amazing set is part of the LEGO® Star Wars Master Builder Series.

• Cloud City measures over 6” (16cm) high, 22” (58cm) wide and 22” (56cm) deep.

• Slave I measures over 4” (11cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 7” (18cm) wide.

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Medowie Brickfest

July 28th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks Presents
Medowie Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

We are excited to be returning to Medowie with Medowie Brickfest. The event is supporting Medowie Schools.

There will be exhibitors from across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, Sydney and of course, local exhibitors. They will be bringing their amazing creation for you to enjoy.

As well as the displays there will be:
Build Area: The always popular Build Area for the kids to build in.
Speed Builds: You have 3 minutes to bulld something. What will you build?
RC Trackers: Drive the Remote Control Trackers.
Food and drinks stalls
Coffee Van

DATE: Saturday 15th September
TIME: 10am - 4pm
COST: $5 a person/$15 a family
VENUE: Medowie Christian School

Tell your friends about the event and return to the Facebook Page for more details and LEGO news.
www.facebook.com/medowiebrickfest

LEGO Version of the Newcastle 500, Rainbow City 500

July 26th, 2018

As part of our massive table city layout at Newcastle Brickfest this yeary we created a LEGO version of the V8 Supercars Newcastle 500, the Rainbow City 500. :-)
This street circuit was a collaboration between 5 Rainbow Bricks members with another 5 members contributing with modulars and other details.
It covered 9 tables and featured many of the elements of the Newcastle 500 in the build.

Planning is already underway for next years City layout.