Brickfest at The Bay - Celebrating 10 Years

December 1st, 2019

Brickfest at The Bay is celebrating 10 Years of displaying LEGO creations and in turn supporting local charities and groups including the Westpac Helicopter Resuce, Port Stephens' Koalas and proudly supporting the Tomaree Community Hospital Auxiliary again this year.

Of course there will be lots of LEGO creations from our master builders who are all volunteers and give up their time to create and display their creations.

Over two days we are excited for you to come and see the amazing creations from the Rainbow Bricks members. The exhibitors are coming from across New South Wales to display. Interact with the exhibitors, they love to talk about their creations/displays or LEGO in general.

There will be a Build Area for the kids to create in after being inspired by the LEGO on display. Tower building and the RC trackers are back!

DATE: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th January 2020
VENUE: Anna Bay Public School, 192 Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay
TIME: 10am - 4pm
COST: $5 a person or $15 a family

Please share/tag this family friendly community event with your friends and family and we look forward to seeing you.

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REVIEW: LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine

December 28th, 2018

LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine

Set Number: 10268
Pieces: 826
Build Time: approximately 3.5 hours

Currently available from LEGO Shop@Home: shop.lego.com/en-AU/product/Vestas-Wind-Turbine-10268

For this build I was inspired by the box art to take it outside and build it one morning. I set up a build table in the backyard and had a relaxing morning building the set over the space of about 3.5 hours. This included time putting out some washing, chatting with my wife and having breakfast! 😊 It also included time looking for parts! Why? Because the 12 bags are not numbered, and I decided it wasn't too big a build to sort it into colours and similar parts.

This set is based on an earlier promotional set number 4999 produced in 2008 for Vestas employees only.

The instruction book has serval pages with information on wind power and on the new sustainable LEGO trees in this set, which are made from plant-based plastics. These trees will appear in more sets going forward

We start with the Minifigs and in this set there are 3. They are standard looking minifigures with one female, and two males who are employees of Vestas with the Vestas logo printed on their torso.

The first build is the maintenance truck and maintenance gear which goes in the back of the truck. Again, it’s a pretty standard build but still fun to put together. The main feature would be the Vestas logo on the side of the van.

Next, we are on to the base of the build, café and hill, and so to strengthen this section I added 4 16x16 green plates to it. I will be displaying this set in our Rainbow City Layout and for transportation reason I wanted a base that was more solid and had less flex.

The retro looking cafe is a simple build in the style of 70’s/80’s sets. It’s cool looking, but not my style and I may give it an upgrade down the track, if I get time. 😊

The hill which the Turbine sits in is used to hide the battery box and to anchor the tower to the base. This is the first set I have built that has the green BURPs (Big Ugly Rock Pieces) in it. They make for a solid and quickly build hill which can be add to if you want to modify the look of the hill. With a few more BURPs you could make it a complete hill. The anchor point is very clever and works well. I have been able to remove the tower and reattach it easily which for me is important for transportation to and from Brickfest events.

The tower itself is a solid design and hides the power cable inside it for the motor in the blade section. The motor and the gearing are cleanly contained inside the motor section of the tower. There is quite of bit of Technics building involved in this section but that is to be expected considering it's the heart of the build.

The blades are well built and big, and they can be pinned in two different ways, flat or angular. Angular is how they are on real Wind Turbines. Once the blades are pinned into place the build is finished and we are real to let rip! It's very satisfying when you turn it on and it works perfectly.

While it maybe a simple build in general that doesn't matter as it a great working set and at a metre tall will stand over most other LEGO creations in your LEGO city.

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NEW SET: LEGO 10264 Corner Garage

December 4th, 2018

LEGO have release details of the latest modular, here are the images and details. Let us what you think of the set.

LEGO 10264 Corner Garage
Available 1st Jan
AUD299.99
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Corner-Garage-10264

PRESS RELEASE
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The Corner Garage will be available for purchase starting January 1st (with no early access for LEGO VIPs). The full press release from LEGO as well as an expanded photo gallery are included below.

LEGO 10264 Corner Garage
Ages 16+. 2,569 pieces

US $199.99 – CA $269.99 – DE 179.99€ – UK £159.99 – FR 189.99€ – DK 1,499DKK – AU 299.99

Discover surprises on all levels at the Corner Garage!

Drop by the LEGO Creator Expert 10264 Corner Garage, where you’ll discover a world of fun and surprises! This amazing model comes with removable building sections for easy access to the highly detailed interior and comprises 3 stories. On the ground level there’s a 1950s-style gas station with fuel pump, kiosk and a vehicle workshop complete with a roll-up door, vehicle lift and tire mounter. At the mid-level animal clinic you’ll find an examination table, fish tank, and a waiting area with sofa, while on the upper level you’ll discover a well-equipped apartment with kitchen, TV, sofa, bed and a staircase that leads to a rooftop terrace with sun lounger, parasol and flower garden. The exterior of the building features a classic 1950s facade with signage, detailed windows and a decorative roofline, plus a sidewalk area with a tree and an ornate streetlamp. This charming addition to the Modular Buildings series has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience, full of nostalgia. Also includes a scooter, tow truck and 6 minifigures, plus parrot, bunny, dog, frog and fish figures.

Includes 6 minifigures: gas station owner, mechanic, vet, woman, man and a girl, plus bunny, parrot, dog, frog and fish figures.
The 3-level Corner Garage advanced building set comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed 1950s-style facade with gas station signage, windows, bay windows, arched doorway, roll-up vehicle workshop door, decorative roofline and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk area with tree and ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a tow truck and a scooter.
Ground level features a gas station with a bucket and a fuel pump with a flexible hose, plus a kiosk and a vehicle workshop for car service and repairs, featuring a cash register, tool rack and trolley, oil drum, tire mounter and working vehicle lift.
Mid-level animal clinic features an examination table, parrot perch, fish tank and a waiting area with sofa, armchair, table and flowerpot, plus the animal doctor’s desk lamp, microscope, mug, newspaper, envelope, scissors and syringe.
Upper-level apartment features a well-equipped kitchen with cookies baking in the oven, sink, pan, mug, salt and pepper, spoon and spatula, plus a sofa, bed, an old-fashioned TV, and a bathroom with toilet.
Rooftop terrace features a sun lounger, parasol and flower garden.
Tow truck features a working hoist.
Accessory elements include a window squeegee and a crash helmet.
Help the gas station assistant fill up the 1950s-style scooter.
Roll up the door to access Jo’s vehicle workshop, complete with tire mounter and working vehicle lift.
Remove the modular building sections to access the detailed interior.
New-for-January-2019 decorated elements include an animal clinic window, service station sign and a printed octane gas pump.
Special elements include new-for-January-2019 black ice skates, 2x6x2 window in sand blue, 1×1 medium gray roof tiles, 1×1 angle plate in dark blue and rare dark-orange elements in various shapes and sizes.
Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10255 Assembly Square and 10260 Downtown Diner.
This set includes over 2,560 pieces.
Measures over 12” (32cm) high, 10” (26cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.
Tow truck measures over 2” (6cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com starting January 1, 2019.

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Newcastle 500 [2019]

November 30th, 2018

Over the last weekend of November Newcastle hosts the Supercars Finale. Before the track was closed for racing Rainbow Bricks took some of the Speed Champion sets on track to get a few photos. :-)

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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. :-)

REVIEW: Maitland Brickfest

November 30th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks Presents
Maitland Brickfest
A LEGO Fan Event

Date: Sunday 18th November
Venue: Maitland High School

Photos

We were back at Maitland after a three year break. It was a perfect day for a LEGO event and resulted in a great crowd. This family-friendly community event supported Largs Public School and Maitland Cub Scouts.

There were 35 Rainbow Bricks exhibitors from across the Hunter, Port Stephens and Central Coast displaying their creations and collections for the public to enjoy. There was everything from Star Wars to Friends on display, sets from the 80s to the latest releases and some amazing creations for everyone to enjoy.

In addition, to celebrate the release of the latest Fantastic Beast film, we had a large selection of new and old Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets and MOC on display which the crowd loved. The Rainbow City layout had another upgrade with the introduction of train ballast, more landscaping and working lights for the police vehicles. The city also got it first set of working traffic lights.

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

We also had our new Train Tower building activity at Maitland, which proved another success. The kids and some adults who really got involved as the tower got taller had fun with the new activity.

The principle of the Largs Public School was very appreciative of the effort, the exhibitors and the organisers put into the event.

Rainbow Bricks loved supporting these local groups and will be back again in 2019.