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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Calendar of events: 2018/19

July 18th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks LEGO Fan Events for 2018

Medowie Brickfest - Saturday 15th September

Bateau Bay Brickfest - Sunday 21st October

Maitland Brickfest - Sunday 17th November [TBC]

2019

Brickfest @ the Bay - Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th January

MidCoast Brickfest - March [Date TBC]

Central Coast Brickfest - April [Date TBC]

Port MacQuarie Brickfest - Sunday 26th May

Newcastle Brickfest - JULY School Holidays [date to be confirmed 2019]

Upper Hunter Brick Show - TBC

Bookmark the page below so you can stay up todate and we look foward to seeing you at one our events in the future.

http://rainbowbricks.com.au/blog1.php/upcoming-events

LEGO Masters Australia

June 21st, 2018

LEGO MASTERS is coming to Australia. :-)
For those who don't know what it is or have not seen the show check out the trailer for LEGO Masters UK.
Endemol Shine Australia are producing the show. They produce MasterChef Australia and Survivor Australia just to name a couple.

LEGO Masters UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-UGoxiJaTw

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Teams of two who are talented LEGO builders from all backgrounds around Australia.

Examples of teams: Father/Daughter, Mother/son, Grandmother/Grandson, Siblings, Work Mates, Uni Friends or Cousins.

RULES:
# Australian residents or Citizens
# You must be available for one (possibly two) days between the 6th August – 3rd September 2018 for a potential audition with Producers.
# You must be available for approx. 10-12 weeks for the shoot. At this stage, shooting will take place between October and December 2018.

Apply here:
https://legocasting.com.au

Only 6 weeks to go! Newcastle Brickfest

June 3rd, 2018

IT'S ONLY 5 WEEKS until Newcastle Brickfest!! :-)
Where does the time go?

This is our 5th Birthday and boy have we come a long way from that first Newcastle Brickfest.

We will have over 60 exhibitors displaying their awesome creations and collections for you to enjoy.

Plus there will be lots of activities for the kids and the young at heart to do.

If you can't make the event you can still help us by liking/sharing our event with your friends and family.

DATE: Sunday 15th July [Middle weekend of the July school holidays]
VENUE: Newcastle Racecourse
TIME: 9.30am - 5.30pm
TICKETS: www.trybooking.com/365706 [$5 per person].

As always we are donating the profits to Hunter schools and charities.

A LEGO Fan Event
Presented by Rainbow Bricks

LEGO Technics Bugatti Chiron 42083

June 1st, 2018

The LEGO group and Bugatti Automobile S.A.S. unveiled the latest Technics Supercars LEGO Technics Bugatti Chiron [42083] today.

This is a huge set at 3599 pieces and will be available at other retailers from the 1st August. The price is $599.99.

The set is available now at
https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Bugatti-Chiron-42083?CMP=SOC-FB-BugattiReveal&p=42083

Press Release
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REVEALED: THE NEW LEGO® TECHNIC BUGATTI CHIRON
Where art, engineering and bricks combine

Billund, 1st of June 2018. LEGO Group and Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. have today revealed the new LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron. The 1:8 scale super car will be available from June 1.

The LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron model brings together the iconic design heritage of the French ultra-luxury car brand and LEGO Technic elements, with a reimagined version of the latest cutting-edge super car from Molsheim.

The new model was unveiled at LEGO House at the company’s headquarters in Billund by Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group, and Bugatti President Stephan Winkelmann. The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron will be available from June 1, only at all LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com, then all retailers globally from August 1, 2018.

The model encapsulates the magic, power and elegance of the Chiron, unveiled to the world two years ago and now brought to life in LEGO Technic form, offering a unique, authentic building experience for car enthusiasts and LEGO fans of all ages.

Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group said:

“I am very excited about this new model. Our LEGO designers have done an amazing job capturing the details of this iconic Bugatti design. It truly stands as testament that with LEGO bricks you can build anything you can imagine, and an example that with LEGO Technic, you can build for real. It’s a huge model that I can’t wait to start building myself. I’ve always been passionate about engineering and this model’s details and design are truly fascinating.”

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.:

“Thanks to their proven design and technology expertise, the LEGO Group and Bugatti are the epitomes of their brand segments. The LEGO Technic model of the Bugatti Chiron is an expression of this perfect relationship. I am impressed at the precision and refinement with which our super sports car has been translated into the LEGO world and I am sure that fans of both LEGO bricks and Bugatti will love this product.”

The 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic Bugatti Chiron replica model – measuring over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide and featuring 3,599 pieces – is packed full of intricate details and immersive touches. These include aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed cockpit with movable paddle gearshift, and detailed W16 engine with moving pistons.

Open the doors and you’ll discover that there’s more to the cockpit than first meets the eye, featuring a LEGO Technic 8-speed gearbox with paddle gearshift and a steering wheel bearing the iconic Bugatti emblem.

Each individual model comes personalised with its own unique serial number, carefully stored under the hood to unlock special content on LEGO.com/technic. The set also features a speed key which enables you to switch the active rear wing from handling to top speed position.

Hidden discreetly under the hood, you will also discover an additional authentic Bugatti Chiron detail – the stylish Bugatti overnight bag.

Staying true to Bugatti’s heritage, the model features the classic duo-tone blue color scheme reflecting the brand’s signature colour, and a set of identifiable stickers for additional detailing and authenticity of the build.

Delivering a final ’artistic’ touch, the set comes enclosed in an exclusive box and includes a ’coffee table’ style collectors booklet with comprehensive building instructions. Fans can also dive deep into the inspiration behind the design with series of nine exclusive podcasts featuring Bugatti and LEGO experts.

Available from LEGO® stores and shop.LEGO.com from June 1

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Rainbow Bricks @ Central Coast Comic Con

May 18th, 2018

Rainbow Bricks @ Central Coast Comic Con

A small group of Rainbow Bricks members displayed at the 2018 Central Coast Comic Con on the 5th May 2018.

It was a great day with lots of feedback from the public loving the displays that Rainbow Bricks members had brought along.

It was a chance for some members to display something different to their usual display.

There was a mix of My Own Creations [MOCs] such as Space 1999 and Game of Thrones and sets such as Batman and Star Wars.

Here are some photos from the day.

www.flickr.com/photos/kpowers67/albums/72157691067994310